15 September 2014 — Susan Celentano, LMFT, CT, Speaker: Suicide Prevention


This week marks the first time our E-wareness project is featured in the weekly program.  It’s a very special program, and I hope everyone has a chance to view the video interview with Susan Celentano.  It was so interesting, there was so much information, and I was so engrossed while watching it that I was surprised when it suddenly came to an end.  Kudos to Reed and Sharon for the amazing job they’ve done on their E-wareness project this month.

Coming up, before you know it, is our 5th Annual Dance for the Children!  I understand that we already have in hand a third of the donations we collected last year.  But it’s not enough.  Keep in mind that. this year, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching $2 for every $1 raised by The Rotary Foundation, which means that your $10 donation that provides vaccines for about 16 children, instantly becomes $30, providing vaccines for nearly 50 children.  Please support PolioPlus, and the children at risk for polio, by making a donation of at least $10, and asking others to support your efforts with a $10 donation.

Checks should be made out to The Rotary Foundation, and may be delivered in person at the Dance event on Saturday night, at Arthur Murray Studio in Sherman Oaks. If you’re unable to make it, you’ll be missing a fun time, but you can mail your donations to:

The Rotary E-Club of Greater SFV

23679 Calabasas Rd., #404

Calabasas, CA  91302

Now let’s get our dancing shoes on and raise some money!


Linda Catran
President, 2014-2015


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 — 7:00pm to 10:00pm — FIFTH ANNUAL DANCE FOR THE CHILDREN, in support of The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund and continuing the eradication of polio, Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks, 4633 Van Nuys Boulevard, just south of the 101 in Sherman Oaks.  CLICK HERE FOR FLYER!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 — 12:30pm to 2:00pm — Our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for September! We have a special program planned, focused on “Vocational Service” (October is Vocational Service Month in Rotary and we’ll kick it off with this program), understanding how we use our businesses and professions in the furtherance of service.  Our special guest speaker is Alex Guerrero, Chief Operating Officer of Valley Economic Development Corporation (VEDC), which provides high-quality economic development services in its mission to create and sustain jobs and businesses in our community.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.




This month’s Rotary E-Club E-wareness campaign presents information about suicide prevention.  Throughout the month our Club will provide resources gathered by our Club Members Reed Galloway and Sharon Gorrell, this month’s coordinators.  The information will be helpful to you and to the people you care about.  See the campaign by clicking here.



Guest speaker Susan Celantano, flanked by Club Members Reed Galloway and Sharon Gorrell.

Guest speaker Susan Celantano, flanked by Club Members Reed Galloway and Sharon Gorrell.








This week we bring you the centerpiece of our month-long Rotary E-wareness Campaign presented to give Club Members, visitors, and friends useful information in the area of suicide prevention.

Suicide has touched the lives of this month’s Campaign Coordinators, Club Members Sharon Gorrell and Reed Galloway, and they have gathered information for our campaign and have done a great service for us all by introducing us to this week’s guest speaker, Susan Celentano.

Susan is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified thanatologist (the study of death, dying, and bereavement), and her practice focuses on helping people who have suffered a profound loss.  You can find her website here.

Prior to facilitating a monthly Survivors After Suicide session, under the umbrella of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services,  Susan was kind enough to sit down with us in the Conference Room at Sherman Oaks Hospital to share her expertise and guide is through the process of helping a friend or family member should the need ever arise in our lives.

If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on YouTube.

1-800-273-TALK (8255) — National Suicide Prevention Hotline
(USA; connects you to the closest crisis center to your location)

From the video, two important takeaways:


Ideation – history of attempt(s)
Substance abuse


Withdrawal (and isolation)
Anger (and rage)
Reckless behavior
Mood changes

“Where do you hurt, and how can I help?”

Here is helpful information from the Suicide Prevention Center of the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center.

Here is helpful information from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  (Tough to read after scanning, so here also is the link to AFSP’s website.)


The opinions expressed by guest speakers, or in advertisements that appear on external websites linked to this program, are those of the speaker(s)/websites/advertisers and not necessarily of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley or its members. No endorsement is implied. Programs are presented for informational purposes only.


7 responses to 15 September 2014 — Susan Celentano, LMFT, CT, Speaker: Suicide Prevention

  1. Susan was fabulous! She gave us all practical information we can use and say if faced with a suicidal person. I will definitely hold on to the tips Susan shared, especially the simple questions to help reconnect the person to life, “Where do you hurt, and how can I help?” Difficult topic for all… but so important to know about! Thank you Reed and Sharon.

  2. So much useful and relevant information. Many thanks to Susan Celentano for her participation, and Reed & Sharon for their work in putting together this important E-wareness program.

  3. Lots of great information. Thank you, Susan, for taking the time to educate us and to Reed and Sharon for putting together an amazing month of e-wareness.

  4. This was a good program. Lots to think about.

  5. Terrific program and a great start to the E-wareness program. Thanks to Reed and Sharon for putting this together (and Mel for doing a great interview).

  6. Thank you for sharing links to important information. Susan Celentano’s message resonates why it is so vital that, as human beings, we take the time to really listen to one another and offer the love and support that so many need. The question she shared, “Where do you hurt, and how can I help?” left a lasting impression on me.

  7. Sharon and I both went through an emotional journey putting this program together. It’s something we all NEED to talk about despite how uncomfortable the topic is to us.
    Thank you Susan!!! My fellow club members put it into words much more eloquently then I can, GREAT interview! I will watch it many times over I’m sure.
    I’m looking forward to all the future E-wareness programs…

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