In November 2009, The Asian Health & Social Service Council, Inc. featured a workshop on Elderly Asian Women Suicide Prevention



In November 2009, The Asian Health & Social Service Council, Inc. featured a workshop on Elderly Asian Women Suicide Prevention for community based social service providers/ leaders and healthcare professionals directly serving the Asian American community. The Asian American Federation along with Hamilton-Madison House, New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health and The Asian American/Asian Research Institute were co-sponsors of the event. The workshop was a continuing effort from the New York State Elderly Suicide Women Prevention Awareness Campaign in alerting the community about this distressing issue.

Keynote speaker, Alan Ross, Executive Director, The Samaritans; panel moderator, Irene Chung, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor, Hunter College School of Social Work and panelists from related professional backgrounds addressed this difficult topic to the audience. The panel discussed about the socio cultural issues associated with suicide risk factors and behaviors and suggested culturally sensitive approaches on how to reach out to Asian elderly women who maybe suffering from depression. Largely, the workshop focused on broadening and educating healthcare and social service providers on recognizing and identifying this serious issue among Asian seniors.

Please visit http://www.aaari.info/09-11-20Elderly.htm

Please click here for the press articles.

In addition, please visit the campaign’s website at www.aaspe.net to find out more about suicide and depression in elderly Asian Americans, information on where to seek help for you or your loved one and for resources to help spread awareness.


Workshop attendees listening to the discussion

Group photo of the workshop sponsors and panelists

Keynote speaker, Alan Ross, Executive Director, The Samaritans Panel Moderator, Irene Chung, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor, Hunter College School of Social Work


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