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safeTALK - Suicide Alertness for Arts Workers

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Hart House Debates Room

7 Hart House Circle

Toronto, ON M5S 3H3

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THIS IS A 3.5-HOUR SESSION THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE BASIC TOOLS TO RECOGNISE, TALK ABOUT, AND HELP FIGHT THE STIGMA AROUND SUICIDE. Consider this like a First Aid course for suicide - it is not, however, a therapy or grief support meeting. I encourage you to reach out to me or someone you know if you need to talk to someone about suicide, but this workshop does not require you to open up about those things. This is part of what makes safeTALK accessible for many people.

Registration is absolutely capped at 30 - sorry! - this is a requirement of the program. You must register here, and a waitlist will begin after the 30th person. Please cancel your registration if you can't attend, so that your spot can go to someone on the waitlist. Waitlisted people who are offered a spot will be contacted on Sunday Dec. 17.

ARTS WORKERS: PWYC
$10 covers the cost of your materials, $20 helps me pay back the training fee, but you should seriously only pay what you can, even if (and especially if) that's $0. I do not want the cost to be a barrier.

ABOUT THE LOCATION/ACCESSIBILITY:
Hart House has two entrances with ramps, on the East side of the building (off of Queen's Park Circle) and the North side (off of Hoskin St.) it has an elevator, AODA-compliant washrooms, gender neutral washrooms. Food will not be available at this event as the kitchen and cafes will be closed for UofT's holiday break.

Parts of the workshop are presented with a video which has closed captions, but much of the presentation is delivered orally and does not have a direct word-to-word link with the presentation slides. Please contact Coco directly (cocojlee@gmail.com) if you have an accessibility need that is not met and we will discuss how to go about doing that.

MORE ABOUT SAFETALK:
safeTALK is alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

LEARNING GOALS AND OJECTIVES
Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:
-Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
-Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
-Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
-Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
-Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help

TRAINING CONSISTS OF:
-Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer (Coco Lee)
-Access to support from a local community resource person (Adrianna Prosser)
-Powerful audiovisual learning aids
-The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
-Hands-on skills practice and development

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