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World Suicide Prevention Day

August 28, 2014

“As the Chair of the Community Interagency Suicide Prevention Council, I am excited about this event. We will be hearing from some insightful local professionals who will provide current information to increase awareness, decrease stigma, and create a community based response to help prevent suicide” –Karen Howe, Chair of the CISP and Outreach Support Worker with Lethbridge Family Services.  
CISP is an independent collaboration of community agency representatives who focus on the issues of suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention services.  Member agencies include AHS Mental Health Clinic, AHS mental Health Programs, Community Members, Family Centre, Lethbridge Family Services, Aboriginal Mental Health program, Southern Alberta Self-Help Association, and the AHS Population Health Promotion Program.  The goals of CISP are;
·        Reduce suicidal behaviors,
·        Reduce the impact of suicidal behaviors on individual, families, and communities,
·        Improve access to and availability of appropriate services for individuals, families, and communities,
·        Enhance service coordination and collaboration for Southern Alberta,
·        Increase knowledge and awareness of information related to suicide and its prevention.
Workshop Topics include;
·        Men & Suicide- Supporting Help-Seeking Behavior presented by John Thompson, Co-Coordinator of Outreach and Education at Lethbridge Family Services.
·        Suicide in the Lower-German Speaking Mennonite Community, presented by Tina Fielding and Trudy Reier, Community Health Representatives with Alberta Health Services
·        Creating Safe Space: Youth & Suicide, Responding to Hopelessness, Helplessness, & Worthlessness presented by Trevor Brown, Building Bridges Coordinator at Lethbridge Family Services
·        Crisis Support Services in Lethbridge presented by Megan Williamson (Team Lead with Community Mental Health Crisis) and Sherri Bennett (Coordinator- Crisis Intervention Team Canadian Mental Health Association)
·        Suicide Prevention amongst Post-Secondary Students presented by Mark Slomp, Registered Psychologist and Acting Manager of Counselling Services at the U of L and Jennifer Ellis-Toddington, Registered Psychologist with Counselling Services at the U of L.
·        Suicidal Ideation and the Terminally Ill presented by Melissa Wilde, social worker with Jack Ady Cancer Centre and Tracey Anderson, Social Worker at St. Michael’s.
·        Suicide among Immigrant Populations presented by Sarah Amies, Director Immigrant Services with Lethbridge Family Services.
For more information on the event, please visit: and click on the events calendar. 

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