Nationally, 1 in 6 youth have thoughts of suicide, and 1 in 12 attempt suicide. In Illinois, 47,000 youth report making a suicide attempt, and nearly 100 die each year. Family, friends, and other adults in the position to intervene may be limited in their understanding of suicide and may not feel comfortable or competent to address the issue.
On Thursday May 23, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Kim Bryan, director of Rattle the Stars, will present an internative workshop on suicide intervention. This training will educate participants on the causes of suicide, risk factors for suicide (including discussions of high-risk populations), and how to recognize and intervene with youth who may have thoughts of suicide. Particular emphasis will be placed on effective ways of talking about suicide, screening for suicide risk, limiting access to lethal means, and accessing resources.
The event will be at the Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium, 210 W. Green St. Urbana. Reservations are recommended, but not required. It’s hosted by Rattle the Stars. More information at the Facebook event or their web page.