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Suicide Postvention: A Community Response to Youth Suicide

  • Social Services - London East 1835 Dundas St. East London, Ontario Canada (map)

This workshop addresses the unique challenges youth experience when they are exposed to a peer's suicide. The workshop is designed to support front line workers as they respond to the impact of youth suicide. We will address foundational concepts such as: contributing factors to contagion, supportive structured postvention activities, acute and temporary stress responses, and appropriate interventions. The value of a coordinated community response will also be highlighted.

Registration fee: $85.00

opens at 9:00am, training will begin at 9:30
Lunch & refreshments are included in the registration fee.

This workshop is ideal for:

This workshop is designed for health professionals, including psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, psychiatrists, school counsellors, student wellbeing officers, doctors, nurses, OTs, youth workers, and outreach workers.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the workshop, participants will understand;

  • the concept of contagion for those exposed to suicide;

  • pathways that increase the risk of suicide contagion;

  • become familiar with strategies to minimize and manage contagion;

  • proximity and how it influences suicidal thoughts and behaviours;

  • the value and purpose of an intentional/coordinated postvention response; 

  • and review sample postvention protocols;

  • risk level (assessment) in a postvention context;

  • level of intervention required in a postvention context;

  • warning signs of suicide and high-risk factors through case conceptualization

  • and differentiate between stress reactions, crisis reactions and grief responses;

  • stages postvention response: immediate response, first 24 hours, first week, first month, longer term;

  • a framework for supporting Individuals (students), families, staff, and community;

  • current sample internal postvention policies and practices;

  • best practice for media education and communication;

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