Suicide can affect anyone and it is estimated that 1 individual dies by suicide every 8 days in Niagara. Since its development in Calgary in 2006, safeTALK has been used to train people in over 20 countries around the world.  Skills learned from taking the SafeTALK training course are helping coaches, teachers, workers and other members of the Niagara-wide community help prevent suicides.

During this webinar on September 2, 2015, speakers Lynn Johnstone, Katie Cino & Sinead McElhone:

– Discussed the changes in attitudes and awareness about suicide from pre to post SafeTALK training in a sample of 500 Niagara residents

– Shared accounts of how trained individuals used these skills in their daily lives to identify, and got help for, people thinking of suicide

– Explored future opportunities to engage prominent community stakeholders to receive training and promote the SafeTALK course

Results shared in this webinar demonstrate that the SafeTALK training course can have a role in helping Niagara residents ask the right questions, and recognize the sometimes subtle signs of suicide, which can help them save a life.

Presenters: Lynn Johnstone, Katie Cino & Sinead McElhone

Published By: Niagara Connects

Publication Date: September 2015

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