On Tuesday February 20th, and most recently, Monday May 28th, Cam’s Kids Ambassadors gathered from near and far to attend the safeTALK alertness training session. Ambassadors from universities and colleges across Ontario including UOIT, Guelph, Fanshawe, McMaster, Carleton, Guelph, Queens and Brock came together to learn how to identify and avert suicide risks.
“safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.”This training gave our Ambassadors the opportunity to become comfortable with asking someone in a mental health crisis if they are contemplating suicide and knowing what steps need to be taken, if the response is yes. This safeTALK session helped to remove the stigma surrounding the word suicide and empowered us with the confidence to be able to “do something”. Being able to ask someone, “Are you considering suicide?” could save someone's life.
Thank you to North House for providing us with this opportunity, Joanne Paterson for leading this session and Uxperience for covering the cost of this training.
Cam’s Kids Ambassadors now have the confidence to be even better listeners and communicators knowing they can guide someone in need to receive further assistance. We are excited to offer similar training to more of our ambassadors in the future.