The Ripple Effect…communities began to call, we began to travel, teach and share. From the beginning, 95% of our work was, and still is, responding to requests asking for help. Most of the time, they are in the Postvention time (after suicide loss/es) and they ask ‘what do we do, how and where do we start…our community needs help’. (Our pilot site, Hawarden, Iowa in October 1995, three towns and 17 churches, local schools, mental/ public health agencies, first responders came together to launch their program).
The work continues…..Yellow Ribbon* worldwide continues to respond to requests for help and continues with Community Readiness** Trainings and Suicide Prevention Education** events. Be A Link!(r) training for adults and Ask 4 Help!(r) training for youth are vital because of:
* Yellow Ribbon Trainings are listed on the National Best Practices Registry
** Individuals in many roles can make a difference. W.H.O. 1996