2016 Annual Professional Development Day

The “ASK” Workshop

Assessing for Suicide in Kids

What you will learn:

  1. What do young children really understand about death and/or suicide?
  2. Children may consciously or unconsciously signal that they are at risk for suicide;
  3. How to talk with a child about death and suicide;
  4. New research exists about risk factors, protective factors, and how they interact;
  5. How to use what you learn about risk and protective factors to begin safety planning;
  6. How to work with parents and other helpers to increase safety;
  7. Advocating for a child at risk of suicide.

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100 Men Who Care London choose LMSPC

Photo left to right: Rob Crosby, Al Desrochers (100 Men), Lynda Cowie, Catherine McInnes, Charlene Foster, Marion Whitfield (LMSPC), Michael Koenig, Bob Porter (100 Men)

100 Men Who London choose the London-Middlesex Suicide Prevention Council as their June 2014 quarterly donor recipient.

In June 2014, 100 Men Who Care member Bob Porter delivered a passionate plea to 100 Men Who Care London at their quarterly meeting requesting the group consider LMSPC as their June 2014 donor recipient.

Bob’s message was heard loud and clear and the 100 Men Who Care membership voted to select LMSPC as the recipient of their quarterly donation. On July 30, 2014 several members of 100 Men joined LMSPC at the Goodwill Building 255 Horton Street for the official presentation. LMSPC received more than $11,000 to fund the Council’s activities in the coming year.

A big THANK YOU to 100 Men!

To read Bob’s full presentation click here.

“100 Men Who Care London was founded by Michael Koenig, Rob Brown, Mark Mohan, Al Desrochers, Rob Crosby and Jeff Petrie. The goal is to channel the resources of the men in the community to help local charities. Following the simple and impactful model of 100 Women, this chapter intends to collect the greatest amount of donations in the most efficient way possible.”

 

Fanshawe Student Union Chooses LMSPC for Donation

Fanshawe Student Union Donation to LMSPC comes Full Circle

In April 2014, the Fanshawe Student Union donated $1000 to the London-Middlesex Suicide Prevention Council that was raised at a semi-formal event. What is noteworthy is that the donation was both unexpected and unsolicited. The need to support community based suicide prevention strategies was clearly on the minds of Fanshawe Student Leaders. Then Fanshawe Student Union President Adam Gourlay provided background on the idea for the donation:

” When we were looking at which charity to raise funds for we were looking at a couple of criteria. We were hoping to donate to a charity that is heavily involved in the field of mental wellness, is local to the community London-Middlesex and would have an impact for students as a whole.”

Chris Lethbridge. FSU’s VP Athletics & Residence Life, organized the semi-formal dance. After researching various local mental health organizations, Lethbridge selected LMSPC to receive the proceeds from the annual FSU event.

On April 29, 2014, LMSPC Co-Chair Catherine McInnes facilitated a public training of safeTALK, organized by LMSPC. safeTALK is a three hour course developed by Livingworks  Education Inc. that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and to connect them to a suicide intervention caregiver. Several Fanshawe graduating students in the Social Service Worker program attended safeTALK and discussed their interest in attending the comprehensive ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. The students expressed that finding a training and the cost of training were challenging. In response, the LMSPC Executive decided to use the FSU donation to subsidize the cost of ASIST for these graduating students.

LMSPC Co-Chair Catherine McInnes notes, “the community impact of LMSPC has grown significantly in the last two years. An Ontario Trillium Foundation grant allowed us to hire a part-time project coordinator and to build a comprehensive website. It is clear that the London community is becoming more aware of the Council’s work.”

LMSPC has offered safeTALK in the community since 2012 and to date has trained over 1000 community members including Fanshawe Residence Advisors, Western Student groups, Ontario Works staff, and teacher candidates at the Faculty of Education at Western University. One of the Council’s goals is to have safeTALK become part of workplace health and safety training and that safeTALK will be as widely accepted and expected as First Aid/CPR.

If you would like to bring safeTALK to your school, work or volunteer community, please contact Lynda at safeTALK@lmspc.ca

Suicide Prevention Council Offers New Initiative

The London Free Press, December 4, 2012, Ian Gillespie.

This is a new initiative for the city of London and Middlesex county,” Cowie says. “Until this year, there have not been any qualified safeTALK trainers in London.”

The council offers about 15 of these public seminars between now and June 2013, including presentations on Jan. 10, 18. 26 and Feb. 1. (Cost is $35 a person, although subsidies are available.)

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Increasing empowerment = Reducing Stigma

London Community News, July 31, 2013, Sean Meyer.

Lynda Cowie is a project co-ordinator with London-Middlesex Suicide Prevention Council, an organization that has existed since around 1990. Lynda played a key role in the council’s launch of its new website last May, which is dedicated to educating the public about suicide.

First and foremost, Lynda said, the goal of the new website was to offer support to those in crisis or individuals who are trying to support a friend or family member who is in need of their own assistance.

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Lifting the Silence, opening the discussion around suicide

London Community News, September 5, 2013, Sean Meyer. Lifting the Silence, opening the discussion around suicide

London has seen an average of 34 suicide deaths the last 10-plus years — ranging from 26 to 47 deaths per year — and yet the subject remains a whispered conversation, if it is discussed at all.

The London-Middlesex Suicide Prevention Council is trying to change that by bringing greater awareness to a situation that sees almost one million people per year die from suicide, amounting to one death every 40 seconds.

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