Events

RTS/C Responding to Suicide with Compassion

Friday January 3, 2020 8:30am-4:30pm
Rosecrance   2302 Moreland Blvd Champaign

THIS EVENT IS FULL. TICKETS ARE FOR PLACEMENT ON THE WAITING LIST. WE WILL DISTRIBUTE AVAILABLE SEATS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED IN ORDER OF REGISTRATION.

Program Description:
Nationally, 1 in 6 youth and 1 in 25 adults have thoughts of suicide. In Illinois, over 1400 people die of suicide each year, including nearly 100 youth. Family, friends, and professionals in the position to intervene may be limited in their understanding of suicide and may not feel comfortable or competent to provide support.

RTS/C will address these issues using strategies guided by compassion, cultural awareness, and centering the needs of those experiencing suicide. Participants will learn the scope and impacts of suicide, and risk and protective factors for suicide, including discussions of high-risk populations (youth, LGBTQ+, veterans). Participants will gain skills in asking and talking about suicide, risk screening, means safety, safety planning, connecting to services, and documentation. Teaching methods include lecture, discussion, demonstration, and guided practice.

RTS/C is appropriate for anyone age 17 and older, including parents, college students, teachers and school staff, social workers, social service providers, coaches, mentors, and clergy.

Presenter:
Kim Bryan has a BS in Psychology and Sociology and completed graduate study in Sociology at the University of Illinois. Through research and advocacy, she has experience with crisis intervention, systems of care, and bullying prevention, and has worked with youth with mental illness and behavior disorders, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, survivors of sexual assault and abuse, and youth and adults with suicidal ideation. Following the suicide of her 19-year-old son in 2016, she left graduate school and founded Rattle the Stars to provide suicide prevention education and advocacy services to schools and the community.

Learning Objectives:
1. Increase understanding of suicide to develop compassion for people experiencing suicide.
2. Develop confidence to talk about suicide and provide support to people experiencing suicide.
3. Develop skills to intervene and prevent suicide.

*Lunch is on your own.
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Thank you Rosecrance Central Illinois for providing space!