How to Have a Caring Conversation About Suicide
May 6, 2021 | 10:00 am – 12:15 pm
Deadline for registration is May 5
2 CE Credits
This training is approved for CE for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for chemical dependency counselors in domains C1 and prevention professionals in P2.
Level of Course | 100 Beginner
Everyone is a gatekeeper for suicide prevention. You do not have to be a mental health professional to save a life and to have a caring conversation with someone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. However, asking the question, “Are you thinking about suicide?” can be especially overwhelming for someone to find themselves asking because of the stigma and misinformation surrounding suicide and suicide prevention. This training will provide participants with the confidence and competence needed when engaging with someone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and how to effectively refer them to the appropriate mental health and/or crisis services. Course participants will also be able to ask questions via webinar chat during the Q&A portion of the course.
- Learn the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide.
- Learn how to engage in a conversation with someone who may be suicidal.
- Learn how to refer someone who may be suicidal to the appropriate behavioral health services and resources.
- 10:00am – Welcome and Introduction
- 10:05am – Myths & Facts about Suicide and Suicide Prevention
- 10:15am – Current Suicide Statistics and Trends
- 10:45am – Warning Signs and Risk Factors for Suicide
- 11:15am – How to Have a Conversation with Someone Who is Suicidal
Participants are required to stay logged-in for the Q&A portion of the training for successful completion, as it is part of the educational portion of this course.
Presented by Austin Lucas, B.S.
Program Director for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF).
Austin Lucas serves as the Program Director for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF). He has been employed full time with OSPF since January 2018. He manages suicide prevention programming, training, events, education, and resources for federal and state grants. Additionally, Austin is the project lead for the Suicide Prevention Plan for Ohio Implementation Team, which ensures the goals and objectives in the Suicide Prevention Plan for Ohio are exceeded by the end of 2022. Austin works with many community-level partners in the State of Ohio, including local suicide prevention coalitions, government agencies, Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Teams, mental health organizations, and many others. He is passionate about empowering communities to spread suicide prevention training, knowledge, and skills throughout their locality. His passion for suicide prevention derives from his personal struggles with depression as well as having many friends and family members that live with mental illness. Austin is a certified Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Working Minds instructor. Austin currently lives in Westerville, Ohio and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University.
Evaluations will be distributed within 24 hours after the training via email. You will receive a link where you can submit the completed evaluation. Evaluations must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be available to download once the once the evaluation is received.
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