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June 1, 2016
Every year more than 500 British Columbians die by suicide. While suicide is a leading cause of death for youth aged 15 – 24, many more adults and older adults, especially men, die by suicide. Tragically, most of these deaths are preventable. In an effort to reduce the risk of suicide and help build safer communities, an opportunity has emerged for local governments to hold Community Gatekeeper Training in Suicide Prevention workshops.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) BC Division has received a grant from the BC Ministry of Health to deliver a program of proven suicide prevention workshops: safeTALK (half day) and ASIST (2 days) to 20,000 British Columbians over the next three years. These workshops will train community members who hold positions of trust or responsibility and have regular face-to-face contact with many adults or older adults, to be more capable and comfortable responding to someone who may be at risk. Suitable candidates might include: First Responders; Community Recreation and Friendship Centre Staff; Librarians; Coaches and Teachers; Elders and Spiritual Leaders; HR Professionals; and Service Group Members. Workshops will be delivered through CMHA Branch Offices all over the province on a fee for service basis. For more information or to plan for a workshop in your community please contact Program Manager Dammy Damstrom-Albach at 604-688-3234, Extension 2714.