May 21, 2020
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The “ASK” Workshop challenges commonly held notions about childrens’ capacity to consider suicide. It facilitates awareness of the signs that a young child may be at risk and what is needed to help. Case studies provide opportunities to apply what is learned. A helper tool teaches how to organize and summarize the available information about a given child. This form can then be used by someone, perhaps the participants themselves, in safety planning.
Instructed by a CMHA Waterloo Wellington Youth Engagement facilitator with the Mental Health Promotion and Education Services team.
Participants of The “ASK” Workshop are typically helpers who routinely come into contact with children ages 5-14. While not required, prior completion of safeTALK or ASIST is recommended.
Participants will experience:
- A research based definition of suicidality in children
- How a child’s understanding of death is linked to suicide risk
- Key questions helpers need to ask a child to assess risk
- Learn through lecture, discussion, video, case studies
- Personality traits commonly seen in children at risk
- How to talk with a child about death and suicide
- How to align with parents and others who can create safety
The desired learning outcomes of The “ASK” Workshop are for participants to:
- recognize how a child’s understandings of death and suicide may be implicated in risk;
- become aware of the ways children at risk of suicide communicate the need for help;
- recognize factors that may increase suicide risk and those that may mitigate it;
- know how to work with both in order to formulate the basis of a plan for safety;
- recognize the need to enlist the support of others to create safety.
Participants of The “ASK” Workshop leave better equipped to reduce the risk of suicide and enlist help for young children. Cost is $120 per person (no HST or Eventbrite fees) and includes all materials and refreshments.
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Disclaimer – TRIGGER WARNING
This is an educational session where participants will learn to notice and respond to situations where thoughts of suicide might be present. It is not recommended for participants who have recently experienced a loss or who have been experiencing thoughts of suicide. If you are unsure if this course is for you, please contact KBurch@cmhaww.ca or 1-844-264-2993 ext. 2036 for more information.