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When Conversation Turns to Suicide

June 5, 2021 @ 9:00 am 5:00 pm

When Conversation Turns to Suicide is a training for providers, peer supporters, family, friends and others in the community who want to build understanding, and develop skills to aid them in more effectively supporting others who might be struggling with suicidal thoughts. This training is rooted in the ‘Alternatives to Suicide’ approach and offers an alternative to more medicalized suicide prevention and related programs such as QPR, ASIST, and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) that tend to emphasize largely ineffective and potentially harmful assessment and referral strategies. Participants in this training will explore:

  • Myths and misunderstandings related to suicide and how to help
  • The relationship of trauma, and losses of power and control to suicide
  • A framework for support
  • Ways to share power in your supporter role
  • Ways to take care of yourself both before and after offering support
  • How to influence change in suicide prevention policies and beyond

Class Options*: Apply by Friday, May 14 to your first choice of the following sessions:

Option 1: Saturday, June 5th & Saturday, June 12th from 9:30am to 5pm on-line via Zoom.
Option 2: Tuesdays, June 8th & 15th, and Thursdays, June 10th and 17th from 1pm to 5pm on-line via Zoom.
Option 3: Monday, June 28th & Tuesday, June 29th from 9am to 5pm IN PERSON @ the Clarion, West Springfield, MA

*Trainings are open to anyone, but family members and providers from the local area will be prioritized. Please only apply to the option that is your top preference. You will be able to indicate your availability to attend other options if your first choice is not available.