Safe Talk – CMHA Edmonton
Suicide Alertness for Everyone
This 3 hour workshop alerts one to warning signs indicating risk of suicide.
The workshop emphasizes the importance of recognizing the signs, communicating with the person at risk and
getting help or resources for the person at risk.
- Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss, or avoid suicide
- Identify people who have thoughts of
- Apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe) to connect a person with thoughts of suicide to suicide
first aid intervention caregivers
Audience – (Ages 16+) – Participants can include but not limited to: parents and caregivers; family and friends;
youth aged 16 or older; natural helpers and advisors; educators and ministers; health practitioners; justice, law
enforcers, emergency workers, and community volunteers.”
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
This three-hour training workshop teaches gatekeepers the warning signs of a suicide crisis, how to offer hope through positive action and ultimately, how to get help to save a life.
QPR teaches gatekeepers the warning signs of a suicide crisis, how to offer hope through positive action and
ultimately, how to get help to save a life.
The three basic steps for this training workshop include:
- Question – the individual’s desire or intent regarding suicide;
- Persuade – the person to seek and accept help and support;
- Refer – the person to the appropriate resources.
Mental Health First Aid (Basic Couse)
The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course was developed to help people provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA Canada teaches mental health first aid skills.
The course does not train people to be therapists, counselors, or mental health professionals. The philosophy
behind MHFA Canada is that mental health crisis, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, may be avoided
through early intervention. If a crisis does arise, then members of the public can take action that may reduce the
harm that could result.
The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy and provide the skills and knowledge to
help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a
friend, or a colleague. MHFA Canada is a 12-hour training course delivered in four modules of three hours each.
Participants will learn how to provide initial help to people who are showing signs of a mental health problem or
experiencing a mental health crisis.
It does teach people how to:
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
- Provide initial help.
- Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.
Counselling on Access to Lethal Means
Reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, can determine whether a person at risk for suicide lives or dies.
This course is about how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves. It covers who needs lethal means counseling and how to work with people at risk for suicide—and their families—to reduce access.
After completing this course you will be able to:
- Explain that reducing access to lethal means is an evidence-based strategy for suicide prevention.
- Explain how reducing access to lethal means can prevent suicide.
- Identify clients for whom lethal means counseling is appropriate.
- Describe strategies for raising the topic of lethal means, and feel more comfortable and competent applyingthese strategies with clients.
- Advise clients on specific off-site and in-home secure storage options for firearms and strategies to limitaccess to dangerous medications.
- Work with your clients and their families to develop a specific plan to reduce access to lethal means andfollow up on the plan over time.
While this course is primarily designed for mental health professionals, others who work with people at risk
for suicide, such as health care providers and social service professionals, may also benefit. This course can be
completed in approximately two hours. You do not have to complete the course in one session. You can exit the
course at any time and return later to the place where you left off.
Online (These courses are available online, and can be completed at any time)
Counselling on Access to Lethal Means
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – CMHA Edmonton
Attending this two-day course will train you to intervene with an individual who is suicidal.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an intensive, interactive, and practice-dominated course
designed to help caregivers recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is
by far the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world.
- Recognize that caregivers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide
- Discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner
- Identify risk alerts and develop a safe plan related to them
- Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide
- List the types of resources available to a person at risk of suicide, including themselves
- Make a commitment to improving community resources and networking
Recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide intervention and, includes life promotion and self-care
for persons at risk and for caregivers
Ages 18+ – Participants can include but not limited to: parents and caregivers; natural helpers and advisors;
educators and ministers; health practitioners; justice, law enforcers, emergency workers, and community
AHS: Suicide Prevention is Everybody’s Business
This education session is a one day interactive professional development event providing practitioners the opportunity to deepen their understanding of suicide, its multifactorial nature, and practice integrating current suicide prevention methodology/knowledge into their existing practice.
- Increase general awareness of suicide and its impact in our schools, agencies and communities.
- Learn how to distinguish between a suicide threat and self-injury behavior.
- Explore common myths and risks associated with suicide, the Adverse Childhood Experience Study on suicide, barriers to people getting help including warning signs of suicide and strategies on how to effectively respond.
- Explore challenges related to working in the area of suicide prevention, challenges inherent to helping those in a suicidal state, and intervention strategies corresponding to these challenges.
- Explore the potential impacts of media on suicidal behavior and learn key awareness factors.
- Discuss and develop a specific set of strategies such as Suicide Safety Plans to support people who are experiencing suicidal ideation designed to decrease the risk of suicide and increase the likelihood that a client/patient will use their Safety Plan.
- Be provided the opportunity to focus on the area of postvention and helping those impacted by suicide to move forward. Postvention includes, addressing suicide contagion and those impacted by suicide or a suicide attempt
This education is intended for professional practitioners and agency staff for the intention of expanding practice
and offering applied learning opportunities.