Working with individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts or impulses is challenging, which is why a broad and diverse approach is needed to prevent and respond to the issue. This workshop explores various insights related to suicide intervention, with a key emphasis on life promotion.  Participants will practice the skills needed to identify and assist those at risk of suicide and learn how to support people and communities impacted by suicide. A guide for developing a comprehensive suicide intervention plan will be reviewed, along with direction for incorporating a prevention plan into each participant’s own context.

Some of the Topics Included

  • A Strengths-Based and Life Promotion Approach
  • The Language of Suicide Matters
  • Myths and Common Attitudes About Suicide
  • Protective and Contributing Factors
  • Life Promotion and Suicide Prevention Planning
  • Warning Signs of Suicide
  • Suicide Intervention Steps
  • Responding to Difficult Questions and Statements
  • Understanding Self-Injury
  • When a Person Experiences Persistent Risk
  • Postvention – After a Suicide
  • The Complication of Suicide Grief
  • Supporting Healing from Suicide Loss
  • Trigger Events and Anniversaries
  • Suicide Contagion and Clusters
  • Responding to Attempted Suicide
  • Caring for Yourself

Target Audience

This is an introductory level workshop for social service and health care professionals, social workers, school personnel, support workers, and anyone seeking a better understanding of suicide and how to respond to it.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe factors related to suicide prevention and promotion of life
  • Explain risk and protective factors, including warning signs
  • Outline the dynamics of suicide contagion and clusters
  • List steps for a specific approach to suicide intervention
  • Plan practical strategies for supporting all those affected by suicide