Suicide Intervention for Service Providers – June 2019

Suicide Intervention for Service Providers


Presented by Champaign County Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Boards and University of Illinois School of Social Work

3.0 CEUs available to QIDP, LCPC, LSW, & LCSW

Thursday June 6, 2019 9:30am-12:30pm

(Registration & light refreshments from 9:00-9:30)

Champaign Library, Robeson C

200 W Greet St  Champaign, IL 61820

Reservations recommended, but not required.

Eventbrite: free RSVP tickets

In Illinois, over 1400 people die of suicide each year, including nearly 100 youth. Nationally, the suicide rate has increased by 33% in the last two decades. This trend indicates that current suicide prevention efforts are insufficient, highlighting the need for expanded education and training for people who may be able to intervene and support those having thoughts of suicide. While service providers are in an opportune position to recognize and intervene, they may be limited in their understanding of suicide and may not feel comfortable or competent to address the issue.

Kim Bryan, director of Rattle the Stars, addresses these concerns in a training seminar on suicide intervention. This training will educate participants on the scope and impacts of suicide, risk factors for suicide (including discussions of high-risk populations), and how to recognize and intervene with youth who may have thoughts of suicide. Included will be discussion of effective ways of talking about suicide, screening for suicide risk, safety planning, means safety, and documentation, and connecting to services.

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 loss of her 19-year-old son to suicide in 2016, she founded Rattle the Stars to provide suicide prevention education to the community and advocate for people with mental illness and experience with suicide.

Presented by: Kim Bryan, Executive Director of Rattle the Stars

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about suicide, including causes and risk factors.
  2. Learn warning signs for suicide and how to recognize youth who may have thoughts of suicide.
  3. Learn how to intervene, including how to ask about thoughts of suicide, screening for risk, safety planning, means safety, and documentation.
  4. Learn about resources and supports for people having thoughts of suicide.

Teaching Methods: lecture, discussion, practice with scenarios