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Mindful Self-Compassion


MSC is a program of the Center of Mindful Self-Compassion

Prevent Suicide Today’s Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program includes the following workshops and training: 


Mindful Self Compassion: 90-Minute Session (MSC90)

MSC90 is a 90-minute evidence-informed introductory session in mindful self-compassion. MSC90 focuses on building awareness and teaching basic principles for mindfulness and self-compassion practice. 

In MSC90 you will:

  • Gain an understanding of mindful self-compassion
  • Explore the benefits of self-compassion
  • Identify ways to implement self-compassion into daily life
  • Recognize community resources for mindful self-compassion

Download and share MSC90 flyer!

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Mindful Self Compassion: 1-Day Workshop (MSC1D)

MSC1D is a 1-day evidence-based skills-building workshop in mindful self-compassion. This training helps participants learn fundamental concepts and skills in mindfulness and self-compassion. 

In MSC1D you will:

  • Build an understanding of mindful self-compassion and its elements
  • Explore the benefits of self-compassion
  • Learn how to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion into daily life
  • Use self-compassion to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Practice motivating yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Use self-compassion to live in accord with your values

Download and share MSC1D flyer!

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Upcoming FREE MSC1D workshops:
  • Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 9:00am – 3:00pm (ONLINE)


Mindful Self Compassion: 8-Week Course (MSC8W)

MSC8W is an empirically-supported 8-week course designed to cultivate the skills of self-compassion. It combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional well being. This course was developed through the clinical expertise of Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff

In MSC 8-week course you’ll learn to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Use self-compassion to live in accord with your values
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Work with challenging relationships
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion skills to others

Next MSC8W course: Starting date September 23rd, 2020. Register here. For questions, please email virasalzburn@chlink.org.


Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC)

Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) is the evidence-based 6-week adaptation of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 8-week course. SCHC course is designed to cultivate the skills of self-compassion in healthcare settings. 

In SCHC you’ll learn to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Use self-compassion to live in accord with your values
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Manage stress and burnout

Self-Compassion-Focused Yoga (SCFY)

Self-Compassion-Focused Yoga (SCFY) is a trauma-sensitive yoga class that builds self-compassion through yoga forms and mindfulness practices by softening the edges of rules and expectations participants may have for themselves while practicing the connection between their body and mind.

In SCFY class you’ll learn to:

  • Connect to the choice of a form or practice at your comfort level
  • Raise your body awareness by paying attention to your bodily sensations experienced through breath and movement
  • Relate to your body with kindness rather than self-criticism
  • Safely practice mindfulness and attention regulation
  • Use self-compassion to motivate yourself during practice 

Self-Compassion Check-in (video-based learning)

Self-Compassion Check-in is a video-based online tool developed by our MSC team member, Hannah Neal, designed to teach a broad community brief self-compassion practices. It was created in response to the heightened stress and isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each Self-Compassion Check-in introduces a short activity to increase one’s self-compassion and ability to cope with negative feelings. 

In a Self-Compassion Check-in you will:

  • Build an understanding of self-compassion through brief exercises
  • Learn to apply self-compassion during a busy schedule
  • Practice responding to your mind and body with kindness

To access FREE Self-Compassion Check-in recordings, please visit our Prevent Suicide Today YouTube Channel.


For additional information, please contact Vira Salzburn at virasalzburn@chlink.org or (912) 661-0577. 

If you are having thoughts of suicide or need immediate assistance, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225

Chatham County Mental Health Symposium 2020

Community Resources:

Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council Resource Brochure 2019-2020 (Printable PDF)

Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless Resource Guide

Edel Caregiver Institute (Hospice Savannah Caregiver Support)

Health Effective Resource Organizations (HERO), St.Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information & Resource Center

Suicide Prevention Resources

United Way Volunteering Opportunities


Books:

Empathy Fatigue: Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Professional Counselors by Mark A. Stebnicki PhD

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive by Neff & Germer


Tools:

Beyond Self-Care Infographic

First Responders Rack Card

Mindful & Compassionate Response to Stress Infographic

Mindful Self Compassion At-A-Glance Guide


Presentations:

Session Title: From Empathy Fatigue to Empathy Resiliency

 

MSC Free Webinars

Make yourself comfortable and enjoy one of our free Mindful Self-Compassion webinars!

Mindful Self-Compassion Awareness Session

Self-Compassion during COVID-19

Self-Compassion for Youth 

Self-Compassion for Parents

Hope Dealers Webinar Series

1. Mindful Self-Compassion
This is 90-minute evidence-informed introductory session in mindful self-compassion that focuses on building awareness and teaching basic principles for mindfulness and self-compassion practice.

2. Practicing Mindfulness
This is 60-minute evidence informed introductory session focuses on building knowledge and basic skills for practicing mindfulness.

3. Being with Difficult Emotions
This 90-minute evidence informed session that focuses on building fundamental knowledge and skills for working with difficult emotions using mindfulness and compassion-based techniques.

These webinars are offered in partnership with

Mindful Self-Compassion 5-Day Online Course (Recordings)

This course is offered in partnership with

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“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves,
the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves,
is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect
to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”

― Pema Chödrön

MSC in the Media

A minute of mindful self-compassion: Vira Salzburn walks us through the act of showing up for yourself, Connect Savannah, March 24, 2020


Mindful self-compassion could help ease coronavirus anxieties, Savannah Morning News, Mar 21, 2020


Mental health experts share how to reduce stress and anxiety, WSAV, March 19, 2020


HART TO HEART: Find mindful self-compassion for your self, Savannah Morning News, Feb 7, 2020


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When you reach out to those in need,
do not be surprised if the essential meaning of something occurs.”
― Stephen Richards

MSC on the Radio

 

Prevent Suicide Today is partnering with Savannah State University to bring MSC training to our community on the radio! Join us for a 12-month long Mindful Self-Compassion radio journey on WHCJ (90.3 FM), the radio station of Savannah State University, to learn how to bring loving awareness to ourselves and our experiences, and develop a warm, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives.

WHEN: Every 2nd Friday of the month at noon, starting September 13th, 2019
WHERE: WHCJ (90.3 FM), Stir It Up Radio Show
DETAILS: MSC on Stir it Up – flyer

Listen on demand:

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“We who have means and a voice must use them to help those who have neither.”
– Jennifer Donnelly

MSC Resources

Subscribe to our Prevent Suicide Today YouTube Channel for FREE self-compassion, meditation, yoga and mindfulness practices!


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Be Well!

Meet Our MSC Team

Vira Salzburn, virasalzburn@chlink.org

Vira Salzburn is the Program Director for Prevent Suicide Today program at Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, Inc. She is a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Trained Teacher, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Master Trainer, and SafeTALK Trainer. Vira earned a Master of Science degree in Management, Organizational Behavior & Leadership from Troy University and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Humanities from Auburn University at Montgomery. Vira is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) with Project Management Institute (PMI), Certified Group Fitness Trainer and Group Yoga Instructor with Athletics and Fitness
Association of America (AFAA), and Certified Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Instructor.

Vira is the developer of the upstream suicide prevention approach that uses Mindful-Self Compassion programming for building resilience and enhancing emotional wellbeing.

Vira is a public speaker on suicide prevention, mindfulness and self-compassion. She presented at the 2018 3rd Annual Chatham County Mental Health Symposium, 2018 Georgia Suicide Prevention Conference, 2019 Southeastern Behavioral Health Schools Conference, 2019 Memorial Health 4thAnnual M. Gage Ochsner Trauma Symposium, 2019 Georgia Association of Community Service Boards Conference, and 2020 Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) Violence Prevention Conference.

As a Ukrainian-American and a world traveler, Vira recognizes the importance of overcoming cultural barriers and connecting with others for making a meaningful difference on personal, organizational, and community levels. Since moving to the U.S. in 2007, Vira has had the privilege of volunteering as an interpreter and a liaison between Ukrainian orphaned children and American adoptive families, which has greatly impacted her perception of compassion and servanthood and helped her better understand the true meaning behind the idea of “changing the world one life at a time”.

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Amanda Meyer, amandameyer@chlink.org

Amanda Meyer is the Yoga and Mindful Self-Compassion instructor at Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, Inc. She is an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) helper. Amanda is a Master of Clinical Social Work candidate from Boston University, graduating in May 2022. She received her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Outdoor Education and Recreation from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She has experience working in wilderness therapy.

Amanda is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) specializing in trauma-informed yoga with adults and children. She is a Certified Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth Teacher, Certified Childlight Children’s Yoga Teacher, and Mindful Awareness Practitioner with UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Amanda is currently the Mindfulness and Yoga teacher with Loop it Up Savannah, serving Juliette Low Elementary School. Amanda teaches yoga, mindfulness and self-compassion with the desire to give people the tools to enhance their ability to empower themselves and change their story for the better.

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Jordan Eady, jordaneady@chlink.org

Jordan Eady is the Program Development and Outreach VISTA for Prevent Suicide Today program at Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, Inc. Jordan is a Master of Public Administration candidate from Walden University, graduating in Spring 2021. She aspires to use her education in public policy to work in nonprofit management and fund-raising. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Communications from Savannah State University in 2017. Jordan has experience working with the Savannah community through many organizations, including Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia and the Boys and Girls Club. Her focus is social justice advocacy through outreach and education, especially for low-income communities and communities of color.

 

 

 

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“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day.
A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”

― Christopher K. Germer

 

Our Impact

Empowering Our Community

From 2012-2019, over 300 individuals in Chatham County lost their life to suicide.

However, suicide is preventable. To equip our community with the skills to intervene when someone is having thoughts of suicide, the Chatham County Commission in conjunction with the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council and Gateway Community Service Board are working to prevent suicide today.

Prevent Suicide Today is a community-based program working to prevent suicide by raising awareness about suicide and providing evidence-based suicide prevention and resiliency-building training. Through SuicideTALK, SafeTALK, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshops, we equip our community with the skills for suicide prevention and intervention. With the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training programs, we use upstream prevention to empower our community with the tools for emotional resilience and wellbeing.

Our efforts are directed toward building community capacity for suicide prevention and creating multiple layers of accessible and affordable resources for a suicide-safer compassion-focused Chatham County.

From September 2017 to September 2020 we:

Trained 13,000+ people in suicide prevention
Trained 800+ people in suicide intervention
Trained 2,000+ people in mindfulness & self-compassion
Collaborated with over 30 organizations
Supported over 20 individuals to become trainers

Raising Awareness

Teaching the Skills

Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. We work to empower community members with the confidence to speak openly about suicide in order to create awareness that suicide is preventable and to promote overall mental health and well-being. Coupled with awareness, we teach community members the practical skills to intervene when someone is at risk.

84%

of participants increase their confidence to help a person at risk of suicide after an ASIST workshop

95%

of participants reported that the workshop has a practical use in their everyday life


Saving Lives

We help teach the skills, but it’s community members from all walks of life that use them to save lives. Thank you for making Chatham County a suicide safer community.


Working Together

Our wonderful community partners work together to Prevent Suicide Today in Chatham County:

  • Chatham County Commission
  • Chatham County Health Department
  • Chatham County Juvenile Court
  • Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council
  • Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
  • Chatham County Police Department
  • First Baptist Church of the Islands
  • Forever4Change Inc.
  • Gateway Community Service Board
  • Georgia Regional Hospital of Savannah
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Hospice Savannah-Demere Center for Living
  • MedBank Foundation, Inc.
  • Memorial Health University Medical Center
  • Savannah Fire & Emergency Services
  • Savannah Police Department
  • Savannah State University
  • Savannah-Chatham Public School System
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System
  • St. Mary’s Community Center
  • The Front Porch
  • Union Mission

If you are having thoughts of suicide or need immediate assistance, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225
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Prevent Suicide Today

‘s mission is to raise awareness that suicide is preventable, to train community members with suicide prevention and intervention skills, and to build resilience. 

Find out how you can get involved through our programs:


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid.

Participants learn to carry out life-saving interventions for people with thoughts of suicide.

Learn more and register.


SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

Participants learn to recognize warning signs and take action by connecting people to life-saving intervention resources.

Learn more and schedule.


SuicideTALK is a 30-90 minute awareness-raising discussion of suicide, led by an ASIST trainer and offered free to any Chatham County organization.

Participants learn to remove stigma by speaking openly and honestly about suicide.

Learn more and schedule. 


Q.P.R. (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Training is a 60-minute evidence-based course in suicide prevention led by a registered QPR instructor. 

Participants learn how to recognize early signs of a suicide crisis and take the first steps toward prevention.

Learn more and schedule.




Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program includes the following workshops and training:

MSC90 is an introductory 90-minute awareness session in mindful self-compassion. This training is offered free to any Chatham County organization.

MSC1D is a 1-day evidence-based skills-building workshop in mindful self-compassion. This training helps participants learn fundamental concepts and skills in mindfulness and self-compassion. 

MSC8W is an empirically-supported 8-week course designed to cultivate the skills of self-compassion. It combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional well being. 

Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) is the evidence-based 6-week adaptation of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 8-week course. SCHC course is designed to cultivate the skills of self-compassion in healthcare settings. 

Self-Compassion-Focused Yoga (SCFY) builds self-compassion through yoga poses and mindfulness practices by softening the edges of rules and expectations participants may have for themselves while practicing the connection between their body and mind.

Learn more and schedule.


If you are having thoughts of suicide or need immediate assistance, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.

Resources

Chatham County Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services Directory (Ages 0-17)

Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council Resource Brochure 2019-2020 (Printable PDF)

Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless Resource Guide

Dental Lifeline Network: Access to affordable dental care and education

Health Effective Resource Organizations (HERO), St.Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information & Resource Center

Edel Caregiver Institute (Hospice Savannah Caregiver Support)


Information and Guidelines

Financial Assistance

National Mental Health Resources

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Resources for Emotional Wellbeing