Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Strategies (2 day)

Assessing and working with suicidal individuals is challenging, and when a death by suicide happens in a school or community, the impact is often far-reaching with many complexities. To prevent and respond to the issue of suicide, a broad and diverse approach is needed. The first portion of this workshop teaches caregivers the skills needed to identify and assist those at risk of suicide. The second portion provides caregivers with tools to minimize the impact of a suicide on survivors. A guide for how to develop a comprehensive suicide prevention plan will be presented, with emphasis on addressing the root risk factors that lead to suicide. Participants will gain valuable insights into why suicide postvention is also suicide prevention.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

Day 1
  • Prevention, Intervention and Postvention
  • Suicide — The Whole Picture
  • Myths about Suicide
  • What’s Happening with You and Your Community
  • Why Suicide
  • High Risk Factors
  • Warning Signs
  • Preparing to Work with Suicidality
  • Suicide Intervention Steps
  • General Do’s and Don’ts
  • Difficult Questions and Statements
  • Strengths and Vulnerability
Day 2
  • Suicide and Self-Injury
  • The Chronically Suicidal Person
  • After a Suicide
  • Symptoms of Grief
  • The Complication of Suicide Grief
  • Supporting Healing from Suicide Loss
  • Reactions of Children
  • Steps for Supporting People
  • Trigger Events and Anniversaries
  • Suicide Postvention
  • Suicide Contagion and Clusters
  • Working with Attempted Suicide Survivors
  • Suicide Prevention Plan Development
  • Caring for the Caregiver

Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, case sudy exercises, skill development and small group discussion

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, teachers, social workers, youth care workers and anyone wanting to explore suicide prevention strategies.