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Suicide Prevention

CMHA’s Suicide Prevention Programs deliver and/or coordinate suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention efforts that strengthen supports and enhance resiliency in Island communities. Read more below.

safeTALK

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, 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.

Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

For more information, or to inquire about training schedules, please call (902) 628-3651.

Signals of Suicide Program

A school-based suicide prevention program presented by a trained facilitator in Grade 9 classrooms throughout the province. Combining interactive learning techniques, open discussions and a short video, the one-hour session explores the topic of suicide with youth, and teaches them ways to seek help for themselves and their peers when they’re in distress.

Download the Signals of Suicide Brochure 

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day suicide intervention workshop presented by certified trainers, usually twice annually.  The ASIST workshop is designed to increase caregivers’ knowledge, comfort level and confidence in responding to a person at risk of suicide. Developed by LivingWorks Education, it is the most widely used, acclaimed and researched training of its kind in the world.

For more information on ASIST please click HERE.

Next ASIST is being offered on December 5-6.  Click HERE to download registration form.

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‘suicide to Hope: A Recovery and Growth Workshop’ is a one-day workshop designed for clinicians and other professional caregivers who work with persons recently at risk and currently safe from suicide. This work is done on a longer-term basis and beyond the suicide first-aid emergency situation. s2H provides tools to help caregivers and persons with experiences of suicide to work together to develop achievable and significant recovery and growth goals.  s2H assumes that participants already have some familiarity with suicide prevention and intervention techniques. LivingWorks’ two-day ASIST workshop is recommended as one way to learn the suicide intervention skills that are necessary for using suicide to Hope’s tools. The skills learned in the suicide to Hope workshop are designed to build upon this existing intervention knowledge and experience, and are applicable to caregivers in a wide variety of professional disciplines.

For more about s2H please read suicide-to-hope-information-sheet

The Canadian Mental Health Association/PEI Division (CMHA/PEI) is hosting a ‘suicide to Hope’ Workshop early in 2018.  To be added to an email list for when a date is confirmed, please call (902) 628-3669.

PEI Helping Tree

Reaching out for help is a critical step in suicide prevention.  The PEI Helping Tree is a user-friendly tool designed to inform Islanders of the many resources available throughout Prince Edward Island.  It identifies many of the risk factors associated with distress and/or suicide and directs the user through a number of support options, listing contact numbers of agencies that provide assistance and support.  Publication of the Helping Tree is funded in part through the French Language Health Services Network.

2015/2016 Helping Tree – English

2015/2016 Helping Tree – French

We provide information and resources to help loved ones cope with the loss following a suicide.

Grief After Suicide

Grief After Suicide; Information for Family and Friends – Brochure

Survivors of Suicide Self-Help Groups

These groups provide information, mutual support and reassurance to adults who have lost a loved one to suicide.  For current group listings, please contact 902 628-1648 or call toll free at 1-800-682-1648.