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.
Thank you for your time. Hiy Hiy.
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.