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QPR Suicide Prevention Training

The SUNY Sullivan Community Learning Program, in partnership with Sullivan 180, is proud to present a free, online course in suicide prevention training for the community at large. Sullivan County has the highest suicide mortality rate in the Hudson Valley. QPR Suicide Prevention Training teaches people how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and employ the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) method. The long-range goal is to train several hundred Sullivan community members in this life saving intervention.

The two-hour course is being offered, via Zoom, the first Wednesday of each month, beginning December 1, from 12–2 and 5–7 pm. The course will run through May 2022. For more information, please contact Sullivan 180’s Mental Health Program Manager Jenny Sanchez at To register, click here.

QPR is a practical and proven suicide prevention training. It teaches students how to discuss difficult topics with depressed individuals, offer hope, and provide resources to help struggling people get the help they need. In many ways, QPR is just like CPR—an invaluable and potentially life-saving emergency response aimed at those in crisis. The one-session workshop—90 minutes of instruction, followed by a 30-minute Q&A—is designed to teach suicide warning signs QPR’s three life savings skills:

              –Question…the person about suicide

              –Persuade…the person to get help, and

              –Refer…the person to the appropriate resource

Legal Document Training

The SUNY Sullivan Community Learning Program, in partnership with Sullivan 180, is proud to present an informative, free Community Learning course on medical and estate planning. Attorney and Registered Nurse, Roberta Chambers Esq., will lead the course.

The Legal Document Training Series is offered virtually, via Zoom, from 5 to 6 p.m. on every third Wednesday of the month from September 15th 2021, to January 19th, 2022. 

In Legal Document Training, Chambers will guide students through the complex and often confusing world of wills and health proxies. Students will explore topics such as: powers of attorney, living wills, Medicaid planning, trusts and more.

To register for this program, click here.

Basic Photography as a Mindful Practice

Beginning Saturday, January 29th, the Community Learning Program—in partnership with Sullivan 180 and led by Margaret Helthaler, owner of—presents Basic Photography as a Mindful Practice, a free four-week week class for anyone interested in taking photos and having fun with their mobile, DSLR, or other type of camera. Helthaler is an artist, educator, and plant-based nutrition advocate, who has explored different kinds of photography as a student, instructor, and professional—including food photography for, where she shares gluten-free vegan recipes, and landscape and nature photography for

Photography can encourage a moment-to-moment awareness that builds mindfulness. By the end of this four-week course, participants will be able to identify opportunities for mindful photographic practice, use manual settings and composition guidelines to create attractive images, and make editing choices to develop their own style. The one-hour course is being offered via Zoom over four Saturdays—January 29, February 5, 12, and 19—from 10–11 am. For more information or to register, please contact or click here.

Nutrition and Wellness in the Catskills

On Wednesday, January 12, SUNY Sullivan’s Community Learning Program in partnership with Catskill Mountainkeeper, presents Nutrition and Wellness in the Catskills. Led by Mountainkeeper’s Food and Agriculture Advisor Eugene Thalmann, this free monthly course aims to be a catalyst for community members to incorporate healthy positive choices into their daily lives. Thalmann will present both conceptual knowledge and also practical life hacks that will help make healthful changes incrementally more doable and provide participants with easy, straight forward solutions that can increase their general well-being. The class will be guided by participants, with the advice, guidance, and insight based on the emails and questions sent in by group members. The 45-minute course is being offered, via Zoom, the second Wednesday of each month, from 5–5:45 pm. For more information or to register, click here