A Champion in Suicide Prevention
Desert Rose Counseling Group (DRCG) has been a champion for, and leading in suicide prevention in Nevada since 2011. As a participant in the Zero Suicide initiative, DRCG is changing the way suicide prevention is approached in the hopes of helping our highest-risk population to avoid making this devastating decision.
At Desert Rose Integrated Healthcare Systems, our biggest goal is to promote awareness, prevention, and training for achievement of Zero Suicide in Nevada.
Community awareness starts with you; the community. We need your help. People thinking of suicide need your help. The Zero Suicide Initiative needs your help. Nevada needs your help.
Desert Rose offers training for people willing and able to get involved and make a difference in the lives of people. Donating your time can make a huge difference in the lives of many people, or even just one. Please go to the Volunteer Form and sign up for volunteer training. We can teach you how to make a difference.
We need help to spread awareness about mental health issues and suicide prevention. Learning things like how to recognize a suicidal message on social media, knowing how to listen when the time is right, asking the right questions, and how to get a person to a safe place are vital skills that you too can learn and use!
We are partnered with the Nevada Office for Suicide Prevention, whose goal is to reduce the rates of suicide and suicide acts in Nevada. This is accomplished through statewide collaborative efforts to develop, implement, and evaluate a state strategy which advances the goals and objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Awareness, prevention, and training are the key components of our community initiatives. We aim to prevent mental illness, trauma, and/or premature death (mainly suicide); however, we also want to empower a community approach to treating and healing disease. We want to try to initiate a more total-person approach and get away from the traditional medical model. We want to bring about social and cultural change to try to end suffering.
We have training videos for total personal wellness education that are designed for cultural diversity and to broaden access to appropriate care for everyone.
DRCG is working towards completing accreditation through the Joint Commission as a Gold Partner for North Las Vegas and through the Commission for Case Management Center.
Train to be a Peer Support Specialist and help others recover.
Train to be a Peer Support Specialist and help others recover.
A life-altering experience is referred to as a “lived experience.” A peer support specialist has lived experience, and that experience is sometimes more valuable than any amount of training. Lived experience gives you an especially valuable tool to support people who struggle with mental health issues, psychological trauma, or substance use. A career as a peer support specialist begins with training and certification.
The occupational title for this type of trained individual is a Peer Recovery Support Specialist (P-RSS). Essentially, a P-RSS works with peers in a community-based recovery center. It could also include any number of activities, including working with individuals:
- As they progress through a personal recovery plan
- Helping them to learn and practice new skills
- Supporting them through their treatment
- Modeling effective self-help strategies and coping techniques (from your own experiences)
DRCG is passionate about helping support our at-risk population groups by training a diverse group of individuals with lived experience in:
- Foster Families
- Juvenile Justice
- Mental Health
- Addiction Recovery
If you are familiar with any of these, please contact us. You can not only change your life, but the lives of others.
Our training can be completed in as little as four months.
- Part time: 8 months, 20 hours per week. Live in-person or virtual classroom training on a part-time basis for scheduling flexibility.
- Full time: 4 months, 40 hours per week. Live in-person or virtual classroom training offered in a full-time format for faster completion.
- Self-study: Self-Paced up to 1 year. Learn from home at your own pace, with just 8 required live trainings and 128 hours practicum.
Program and Curriculum
- Referral and Payment Authorization: A referral is made to the program, and the training costs are authorized by a partnering organization.
- Interview and Assessment: The student is assessed for program readiness and fit and assigned a start date or referred for other services.
- Training and Certification: The student completes 640 total hours of training with CE (Continuing Education) credits, including 128 hours of supervised practicum.
- Placement and Monitoring: We assist with job placement, resume writing, interviewing, and mentoring after job placement.
Student Tuition starts at $2500 plus $200 per month for a Technology Fee per student. The monthly technology fee cost provides for the use of a tablet for training, mentoring, and support.
Opportunities are provided for work exchange programs for housing and reduced rent.
Alumni receive ongoing access to Continuing Education, the ability to develop leadership qualities through participating in steering committees and other volunteer opportunities, and also receive an online listing in the Certified Peer Support Specialist Directory.
Desert Rose is looking for volunteers to support our awareness campaigns and prevention initiatives. We also encourage you to consider becoming a Community Health Worker (CHW). We will guide you through the training and can provide an internship. Our selected on-line training course is through Texas Tech:
Please fill out the Employment, Intern, or Volunteer Applications if you would like to help us make a difference in our community!
Here are some simple suggestions to help us improve access to healthcare and prevent suicide. Contact us if you or someone you know is:
- Having suicidal thoughts
- Experiencing a crisis
- Living with an emotional disorder or a chronic mental illness
- In need of medical or social support
Being a Desert Rose volunteer is all about personal outreach. It doesn’t always involve answering a hotline. There are many important roles to choose from:
- Office help, including such duties as data entry, preparing information packets, answering regular phone calls (not crisis calls), research and data gathering.
- Event help, including setting up and tearing down displays, registration, handing out information packets, assisting with social media.
- Training event, including setting up and breaking down “classrooms,” registration, picking up food or setting up tables and serving the food/beverages, or being a participant in the training yourself (you can volunteer and participate, too!)
- Food drives and donation banks. These are major undertakings that require a lot of manpower.
- Miscellaneous activities. You can join work groups, support speakers at schools or churches, deliver packets and other material, or help with fund-raising. We always need help with planning fund-raisers. If you are good at planning events, you could help us out tremendously.
Volunteers are vital to our organization. Anything you can do to further this cause is making a difference in the lives of people affected by mental health issues, bullying, or suicide loss or attempts.
Suicide deaths in the United States number more than 30,000 every year. Not only the 11th most common cause of death, for ages 15 to 24, it is the third most common.
Suicide is an overwhelmed desire for pain to stop, not about wanting to die. People who are not able to cope with feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, loneliness, and pain sometimes feel that suicide is the only way to end their own suffering.
The best way to prevent suicide starts with recognition of the problem and treatment of the depression or other illness that may lead to these tendencies. Since loneliness and isolation are prevalent in people who attempt suicide, sometimes just reaching out and letting the person know that you are there for them is the best help you could give. With time and the feeling that someone else cares, the pain lessens to a point where suicide is not the only answer.
Suicide has been touted as a permanent “solution for a, most likely, temporary problem. Volunteers and Community Workers can do a lot to resolve the desperation of the people and prevent this kind of devastating action.
By learning more about suicide, you can help someone who is struggling. Becoming a volunteer with Desert Rose is more than just doing something good for your community. It could save someone’s life. Help us achieve our goal of Zero Suicide.
If personal involvement isn’t for you, that’s okay too. Making a monetary donation to help the goals of Zero Suicide will help. Mail donations to:
4344 Cheyenne Avenue
North Las Vegas, NV 89032