Thursday, 6 September 2018

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

The University will be recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. The day is an opportunity for everyone in the community to join together to promote understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities.

Are you concerned that someone you care about is considering suicide? The most important things you can do to help are: 
  1. Approach them and share your concern about changes you've observed in them. 
  2. Ask them "Are you considering suicide?" Invite them to talk about how they are feeling and listen non-judgmentally. 
  3. Discuss resources with them, and agree to connect with these supports together.
Learning Opportunities

On September 10th, attend the Lunch and Learn “Suicide Awareness: Myths and Facts”. This is a Centre for Suicide Prevention workshop presented by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Edmonton Region. Register on the Learning Shop.

Consider taking Mental Health First Aid (MHFA); Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST); or the Community Helpers program. All are available through service providers on campus. 


The University of Alberta is committed to supporting staff and students in both their work and personal lives by providing comprehensive, preventative programs and services.

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