The Canadian Mental Health Association Mid Island branch (CMHA Mid Island) believes that good mental health is essential to overall health and well-being. Whether you are managing a mental illness, supporting someone you care about or looking to build your own overall health, we can help you build mental health skills and resilience for yourself, family, colleagues, and community.
SUICIDE PREVENTION – COMMUNITY GATEKEEPER TRAINING
Community Gatekeeper training is designed to make BC communities safer and save lives by providing participants with skills to help people who are at risk of suicide. Community Gatekeepers are people who have been trained to recognize when someone could be at risk of suicide and to help them connect to the resources they need.
Two levels of Community Gatekeeping training are available:
• safeTALK – a half-day workshop that provides participants with skills to recognize people who might be at risk of suicide and connect them to life-saving community supports and resources
• ASIST – a two-day practice-focused workshop in suicide intervention and personal safety planning
safeTALK is half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST (see below for details about ASIST).
In the safeTALK training you will learn to:
• Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
• Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
• Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
• Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help
Upcoming safeTALK courses will be announced soon.
To be notified by email, contact Judy North.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.
In the ASIST training, you will learn to:
• Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
• Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
• Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
• Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
• Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care
• How to connect a person at risk to community supports and resources
Nanaimo May 30 – 31
GROUP RATES AND PRIVATE COURSES
Private courses and group rates for your organization or business may be arranged by contacting Judy North. See above for contact information.
PLEASE NOTE: Talking about suicide can be difficult, especially if you have recently been impacted by a suicide attempt or death. Healing from these tragic events can take months or years, so we encourage you to take time for healing before attending a suicide intervention training. If you have experienced a suicide death, healing support is available at BC Bereavement Helpline 1-877-779-2223, and www.bcbereavementhelpline.com. You can also access information and support at: Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, www.suicideprevention.ca/grieving/suicide-grief/