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) and a Certified Group Fitness Trainer and Group Yoga Instructor with Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).
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., 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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Hannah Neal provides programmatic support as a contractor and instructor for Prevent Suicide Today at Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, Inc. She is a Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Instructor, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) helper, and Crisis Counselor through Crisis Text Line. Hannah is a Master of Social Work candidate from the University of Houston, graduating in May 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Hannah has experience working with survivors of interpersonal violence and providing individual counseling to clients as an intern at Savannah Counseling Services. She encourages individuals to discover their full potential through mindfulness and self-compassion practices.
Ms. Neal presented at the 2019 Southeastern Behavioral Health Schools Conference, 2019 Georgia Suicide Prevention Conference, and 2020 Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) Violence Prevention Conference. Her focus is on preventing suicide through upstream resiliency-building trainings.
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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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“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day.
A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”