SUBSCRIBE NOW Get a year of news PLUS a gift box!

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

FirstLink plans virtual, in-person suicide prevention trainings

In-person event will be Jan. 26-27, with online training options available for different dates.

Image-24.jpg
Jennifer Illich and Francesca Huelsman of FirstLink, a support hotline based in Fargo that covers North Dakota and parts of Minnesota, take calls from people who may need resources for financial, mental and emotional health.
Special to The Forum
We are part of The Trust Project.

FARGO — Mental health hotline FirstLink is scheduled to offer a combination of in-person and online training sessions in the coming days and weeks that aim at suicide prevention.

One workshop is set to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 and 27 in Fargo.

The event is an in-person event, though group size is being limited to allow for social distancing.

The workshop, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, is designed to help participants:

  • Dispel myths about suicide.
  • Identify people who may be having thoughts of suicide.
  • Reduce barriers which hinder the ability to be direct and comfortable with suicidal situations.
  • Conduct an assessment and develop a safety plan.
  • Engage in building resource networks for individuals at risk.

The cost to attend the workshop is $200 per person.
To learn about the workshop or to register, go to firstlink.regfox.com/asist-0122. Participants must attend both days.

ADVERTISEMENT

A live, one-hour webinar addressing suicide risk assessment is set for 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3.

The training is designed to improve knowledge about suicide risk factors and assessing for acute suicide risk using the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale.

Those who attend will be taught the screening tool, options for addressing suicide risk such as collaborative safety planning, and resources for those at risk of suicide.

The training is offered for free thanks to support from Re-think Mental Health.

To learn more or to register, go to register.gotowebinar.com/register/6570823743195206924.

A Living Works Start self-paced online program is also available.

In 90 minutes, Living Works Start teaches trainees to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and connect them to help and support.

The training is offered by FirstLink and NDSU Extension and supported by the ND Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center Grant.

ADVERTISEMENT

To learn more or to register, go to myfirstlink.org/event/livingworks-start/.

For more information about FirstLink and its resources and programs, visit www.myfirstlink.org.

Related Topics: WELLNESSNEWSMD
What to read next
The key is to continually remind children and teens that they are cared for, and to help them get back into the structure and familiar activities that give them a feeling of accomplishment. That's the advice of two experts from Mayo Clinic.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says there are times when a decision has to be made on behalf of a family member.
In today's world, stress is everywhere. Sometimes your to-do list becomes overwhelming. Meditation — even just 30 seconds a day— can help. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams talks with a meditation expert who explains how it works, gives a shout out to a study that about how meditation helps US Marines recover from stress and gives tips on how to fit meditation into your day. Give the practice a try on World Meditation Day, which happens yearly on Saturday, May 21.
To veterans who may be struggling with mental health, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough issued a reminder that the VA crisis line is available by dialing 1-800-273-8255 and pressing "1."