Breakout session 3: A Working Session on Suicide and the Workplace

February 23, 2016 | Vancouver

Dr. Kathleen Stephany, Douglas College and Katie Hughes, CMHA BC

This dynamic breakout session on suicide and the work place is designed to provide individuals and organizations with practical information and insights on how to help someone who is suicidal.  Suicide is not a topic that we gravitate to because it is sad and even scary.  But all of us need to learn how to increase our comfort level in talking about suicide if we want to help prevent it.  Although it is not your role to be as knowledgeable or skilled as a health professional, or to save a person’s life, it is still important for you to be able to recognize when someone is feeling hopeless, and to learn how to connect them to a crisis line or other supports.  At this session you will discover that is is okay to ask questions about suicidal thoughts and that this will not make a person act on what they are thinking.  In fact, for the most part, people who are suicidal welcome this discussion.  Based on the real stories of people who have experienced suicidal thoughts, things that we sometimes say or do that are not beneficial are revealed.  However, you will also learn what words and actions are deemed to be most helpful.  You will be informed about an exciting new education initiative that is concerned with suicide prevention that is planned for communities throughout BC.  You will also be introduced to ways to take better care of yourself, because your own emotional well being matters.

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