safeTALK Suicide Awareness Workshop

Picture of people in a big roomFacts about suicide

  •  At any given time, 1 in 25 people is thinking about suicide to some degree
  • You’re much more likely to encounter someone who needs suicide intervention than CPR
  • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people aged 15-29
  • On average, a workplace suicide has a financial impact of over $1,100,000
  • More than 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide each year

January 14 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

This workshop will teach participants valuable skills based on a four-step model to keep someone safe from suicide by being alert to situations where suicide thoughts may be present.   Everyone in our community has an important role to play in making our community safer for our neighbors who may feel their life is not worth living.

Kim Marciano, an ASIST trainer (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and Jake

Roberts will be leading the workshop which is open to anyone 15 and older and no formal training or prior experience in suicide prevention is required.  Please arrive promptly to the training and if you are not able to commit to the full three hours, please find a more convenient training some other time.

Safety resources and support are available throughout the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the South Berwick Public Library.

Kimberly Marciano is a Training Specialist at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Kimberly earned her Bachelor’s degree in African American History and Civil Rights as a non-traditional student at the University of New Hampshire. She also holds minors in Psychology and Women’s Studies. Kimberly has nearly 8 years of service at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Kimberly began her career at Portsmouth as a Secretary in the Emergency Control Center, Code 105.6. She joined Command University in November 2018 as a Training Specialist. Kimberly considers herself the Queen of Miscellany in Command University, managing programs such as Dale Carnegie, Bob Pike and USA Jobs. She is in the process of bringing both American Sign Language and Retirement Seminars back to the Shipyard. When the opportunity came up to become ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK (suicide alertness for everyone, Tell, Ask, Listen, KeepSafe) trained, she jumped at the chance. Kimberly teaching safeTALK at work, but knowing the importance of the subject she has also begun teaching the class in her community, working to advocate for suicide prevention. Kimberly is married to a Shipyard ACTE (Frank) and has one daughter (Samantha, or DD for Darling Daughter), and two golden doodles (one mini) who love her unconditionally, and who she unconditionally loves back!

Jake Roberts is a resident of North Berwick. He graduated from Biddeford High School in 1999, and earned an Associate’s Degree from Southern Maine Community College in 2001.

Jake has worked at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard since January of 2004. He began his career there as an air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic, went on to spend almost 10 years in the Metrology Lab, and is now the Program Manager for Portsmouth P.R.O. He also volunteers through the Shipyard’s STEM Outreach program, and has led workshops in his son’s class at North Berwick Elementary School. When the Shipyard put out a call for folks interested in Suicide Prevention, he was fortunate enough to be selected, and was subsequently trained in ASIST1 (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK1 (Suicide Alertness For Everyone; Tell, Ask, Listen, Keep safe). These two training have helped him be proactive as a Suicide Prevention Resource on (and off) the Shipyard.

Jake also works for Boys to Men, a non-profit out of Portland that works to support the healthy development of boys and engages communities to shift attitudes and actions to male violence against women and girls. His roles include facilitating a workshop Boot Camp for New Dads and Master Trainer for men looking to begin facilitating the workshop themselves. Babies and new dads is his true passion.

When Jake is not at the Shipyard or hanging out with new dads and babies, he spends his free time with family. He loves going to his 3-year-old daughter’s ballet and tap dance classes. He is actively involved with his 8-year-old son’s Cub Scout Pack. He is active in his son’s numerous athletic endeavors: baseball, soccer, futsal, and basketball. This somehow led to him becoming a board member of the North Berwick Athletic Association, the Rookie League Player Agent, and a Rookie League coach.

1ASIST and safeTALK are trainings provided by Living Works. More info is available at