(Photo Credit and article from HPSD#48)
Here's some pictures and an article written by Michelle Strebchuk, Communications Officer for the High Prairie School Division. It's so great to see and hear people's intention to work together and make a difference in their communities.
(Photo Credit and article from HPSD#48)
Next week,Tuesday, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day. Now there might not be activities happening in your area. I imagine there is a lot going on in your life anyways. If you decided that you want to do something for yourself to acknowledge the day, that's possible. I know that I will be lighting a candle to honour and remember those that have died by suicide. As a survivor, I will grieve but I will also recommit to doing what I can to prevent suicide. It takes one small step to make a difference.
I believe in the saying that "Knowledge is Power". There is tons of information out there, especially on-line, about Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Bereavement. I am offering a few suggestions that you might be interested in. One of the beliefs that I have is that anyone can prevent a death by suicide, whether it is a family member, a friend or someone you just met. If you are in the helping profession, I sincerely believe we have a responsibilty to educate ourself in knowledge and resources.
The Centre for Suicide Prevention, in Calgary, Alberta, is offering free workshops that week. They are also using the catch phrase "Stop Stigma". What that means to me is that we need to start talking about the issue of suicide, not hiding it or ignoring it. The more we try to avoid the topic the more likely we will lose people we love who will die by suicide. It's like anything else we have to talk to our children about, sex education, alcohol and drugs, etc. Talking about suicide is one more thing we need to help protect our children.
Also how they can help a friend is a part of that subject. If they see a friend in trouble they should trust enough to talk to an adult, regardless of who it is so their friend can get some help. Remember, it's better to have a friend who is alive, then agreeing to keep it a secret. They can be angry but they are still here.
Also building protective factors is so important. Last night I was talking to my three year old grand-daughter on FaceTime. I said to her "I love you so much" and she said "Why", which has been her response to everything lately. I said to her "Because you are so smart, sweet and brave." She loved that. The more we can build coping skills and self-esteem, the stronger our children and grand-children become and then they can handle life's problem's in a healthy way.
I have been creating an e-mail list of people who would like to have on-going information on topics pertaining to suicide and bereavement issues. If you would like your name on that list, e-mail me your address and I will add you. My e-mail is email@example.com.
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There is a website, http://www.iasp.info/index.php, International Association for Suicide Prevention. There are articles and resources that might be of interest to you.
As well they have a facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/IASPinfo, that you can join or "like" to receive information on Suicide Prevention.
I have a new one page handout outlining the workshops and trainings that I offer. I selected the ones that are most requested. These get requested in various combinations so keep that in mind. There are other's if you check the other areas of the website, as well I am developing other events and trainings as requested.
If you have a particular interest let me know and we can see what I can develop.
Thanks for your interest and I hope to hear from you!
I'm facilitating some workshops for FCSS in Athabasca, Alberta. It's a very beautiful community right next to the Athabasca River. If you are in the area please let other people know about these. If you can make it there, that's great too. I am looking forward to co-training the ASIST with my friend Jackie. We always have a great time!
CMHA Edmonton Region has posted their 2012 Workshop Schedule on their website.
I have been one of their trainers for the past couple of years. I co-train the ASIST ,Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and I deliver the STRAIGHT Talk, Youth Suicide Prevention, TATTERED TEDDIES, Suicide in Children and the ASIST Tune-up.
I enjoy delivering these workshops for CMHA Edmonton Region. The participants come from a wide variety of agencies and communities. Their experience and insights help me to be better at training these workshops.
This coming year, 2012, I will be co-training the ASIST with my colleague, Mr. Kingsley Payne. He is a psychologist with many years of experience teaching and chartering. He brings with him a great sense of humour and his years of experience in the helping field.
I hope to see you in 2012 for some of these workshops!!
This last June I took some training as a ColourSpectrums Facilitator. This training was developed here in Alberta and, I think, it's a great learning experience. The first three hours allows the participant to learn their two brightest colours and their two palest colours. These four colours make up who we are, what we are like, what our strengths and things to work on are. The other two, three hour, workshops are called Brightening your Palest Colours and Stress Management and Conflict Resolution.
I have included them in my website and will be sending out brochures describing these workshops. If you are interested in learning more send me an e-mail at Priscilla.Lalonde@gmail.com. Thank you!
The Centre for Suicide Prevention has launched their new website as of June, 2011. They can be found at www.suicideinfo.ca. Check out their new design. It looks great! They have also posted their 2010/2011 Annual Report on line.Within the Annual Report is an article talking about the mentors in Alberta. As a Consulting Trainer/Mentor, I take great responsibility in working with new trainers and guiding them through the learning process of delivering the workshops CSP offers. I have a great passion for the issues related to Suicide Prevention. This passion comes from my personal experiences. I have lost people who I loved who have died by suicide and I know many people who have attempted suicide. I believe we can all make a difference and I believe that Prevention, Intervention and Bereavement programs will help make that difference. I have supported the Centre for Suicide Prevention for many years and I believe in the work they do and I am proud of my small piece of participation in the effort.I was asked to submit a picture and I decided on one that would best represent me. This picture really tells you who I am. I am so happy to share it with you. I an honoured to post this on my website!
I have been working on a poster for the workshops I can deliver. You can view the whole poster by clicking on the "fullscreen" icon and you can print a copy by hitting "Print"
Here it is, send me an e-mail if you have questions or comments, Thanks!
I have been a trainer in the two day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) for the past sixteen years. I decided to take the training because of my own personal losses of people who I loved who have died by suicide and those I love who have attempted suicide. These losses have left their mark on my heart and the healing steps were tough. I wanted to help others who might be at risk and this workshop provides that for me.
Within my circle of influence, I can help to train caregivers so they can feel more confident and capable of intervening when someone might be at risk of suicide.This workshop has been a true learning and growing experience for me and, through it, opportunities to talk to many others about their experiences. I am grateful for that.
One of the stats that continues to cause me great concern is the high rate of suicide by our aboriginal population. First Nations has a rate of five times higher than the national average and the Inuit people have a rate of deaths by suicide eleven times higher then the national average. There is no rate for the Metis as research has not yet been clear about the numbers but I believe it is high as well.
I know more work has to be done in this area but I'm not sure what. I am hoping that the River of Life Workshop is one of those steps but we'll see.
In Alberta, the Centre for Suicide Prevention has the ability to send out trainers to the communities to deliver the ASIST. I am pleased to be a part of their organization, I also know that the work needs to continue to grow and change over time. www.suicideinfo.ca
In other parts of Canada and the world, Livingworks Inc, has the ability to train trainers and help with workshops in any area. www.livingworks.net
Here's a quick summary of the workshop, if you haven't taken it before and you want to learn new skills, this would be a great start for you. If you need to be re-certified. This workshop is available for you.
ASIST was developed by Living Works Education and is the most widely used suicide intervention workshop in the world. Just as “CPR“ skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills used in suicide first aid. ASIST is a 2 day interactive course that meets professional training requirements by helping participants recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. An average of 3756 Canadians kill themselves each year. These suicides can be prevented and you can help!
Emphasizing structured small-group discussions and practice, the course uses a 20-page workbook and two award-winning audiovisuals. Participants receive a 110-page Suicide Intervention Handbook and a full color, laminated pocket card featuring intervention, risk review and safeplan development principles.
ASIST has five learning sections:
The workshop is for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust). This includes professionals, paraprofessionals and lay people. It is suitable for mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, teachers, counselors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and community volunteers.
Accreditation and Professional Development Credit Information
This workshop meets the Canadian Accreditation Council of Human Services (CACOHS) accreditation standards.
ASIST is eligible for Category A Professional Development Credits at a Beginning or Intermediate Level from the Alberta College of Social Workers. Please note, participants must attend fourteen (14) hours on instruction to receive participation certificate and to be eligible to Category A credits.
If you have any further questions, concerns or comments about this course, please contact the Centre for Suicide Prevention: firstname.lastname@example.org
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