Straight Talk

Preventing Suicide in Youth
Straight Talk is a youth-focused workshop for people working with youth ages 12 to 24.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth in Canada (Statistics Canada, 2011). Straight Talk has been created for individuals working with youth aged 12 to 24. This half-day workshop discusses strategies to strengthen the protective factors of youth at risk of suicide. Straight Talk encompasses the developmental, cognitive, and emotional differences found within this age group. Intervention strategies are explored relevant to the age group range through teaching stories and case studies.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  1. Recognize the prevalence of youth suicide;
  2. Identify suicidal and self-harm behaviour in youth; 
  3. Identify protective factors, risk factors and warning signs in youth; and
  4. Confidently transfer care of a youth to a caregiver (including but not limited to a parent, guardian, professional, or community resource). 
This workshop has been created for individuals working with youth aged 12 to 24. Participants can include but not limited to: parents and caregivers; family and friends; natural helpers and advisors; educators and ministers; health practitioners; justice, law enforcers, emergency workers, and community volunteers.
Certificate and Accreditation
All participants receive a certificate at the end of the workshop. This workshop is recognized by Canadian Accreditation Council of Human Services (CACOHS). Please check with your professional association to see if you qualify to receive professional education or continuing education credits.
Accessibility and Special Accommodations
Please contact the Centre for Suicide Prevention if you need specific accommodations.


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