FirstLink announces several suicide awareness events in the Fargo area
FirstLink, a suicide prevention non-profit organization, has scheduled various events around the community to spread awareness about suicides and how to prevent them.
FARGO — The non-profit organization FirstLink has scheduled events around the Fargo area to educate and bring together residents to talk about suicide and ways to prevent it.
A safeTALK training session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the FirstLink office, 4357 13th Ave. S. Suite 107L in Fargo. Participants will learn how to prevent suicides using the safeTALK training methods.
The training will assist anyone over 15-years-old to become a suicide helper. The event is free to register courtesy of the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division.
FirstLink will also hold the annual Lifesaver Luncheon in honor of Suicide Awareness and Prevention month. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sep. 15 at the Delta Hotels by Marriot, 1635 42nd St. SW in Fargo.
This year's Lifesaver Luncheon will focus on suicide and the LGBTQ+ community. Featured speakers include Faye Seidler, an activist, educator and community organizer, and Dr. Danial Sturgill, a Sanford psychologist specializing in mental health services for transgender and gender diverse individuals.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) will be on Sept. 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the FirstLink office. ASIST is a two-day workshop created for members of the community.
Registration is $240 per person, participants that register before Sept. 2 can use coupon "EARLY" to receive $50 off the registration fee.
Participants will learn useful skills including identifying people who may be having thoughts of suicide and reducing barriers that hinder the ability to be direct and comfortable with suicidal situations.
CEUs are available for North Dakota Social Workers, Law Enforcement, Nurses and EMS Professionals.
For more information on the FirstLink events, visit myfirstlink.org .