September 04, 2013
Meredith Osborn

Suicide Prevention Week

Event Details: September 09 - September 13

Saint Louis University, Active Minds and Provident's Life Crisis Services will present the first annual Suicide Prevention Education Week Sept. 9-14.

Several panel events and workshops will be scheduled throughout the week to provide suicide prevention and intervention strategies along with opportunities to volunteer. All events are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Events include:

Survivors of Suicide Panel, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in Lee Lecture Hall. A candlelight vigil will follow at the clock tower.

A survivor of suicide is someone who has lost a loved one to suicide. It is estimated that for every suicide, there are six to 12 individuals left to pick up the pieces. The SOS panel will consist of three survivors who will share their grief journey.

Crisis Worker Panel, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Baer Fuller Lecture Hall.

Crisis Workers play a vital role in 24/7 suicide prevention. Crisis Workers will talk about their experiences before and after working on the Lifeline and LCS hotlines.

Crisis Intervention Team Panel, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Kelley Lecture Hall.

CIT officers are often on the front line when it comes to suicide prevention. CIT officers are specialized officers trained to respond to individuals who are at risk for suicide. This panel will consist of three CIT officers from the St. Louis area who will share their stories and provide information on how to utilize their services.

Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Gatekeeper Training, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Kelley Lecture Hall.

Learn how to recognize warning signs for suicide and how to ask someone if they are thinking about suicide, how to persuade someone to get help, and how refer someone who is thinking about suicide to help.

The Bridge documentary and book signing, noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in Carlo Auditorium in Tegeler Hall. The Bridge will be shown again at 6 p.m. later that day in Kelley Lecture Hall.

View the documentary that examines suicide and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, including interviews with survivors, witnesses of attempts and loved ones of those who completed suicide. Note that this film includes some graphic and realistic scenes of suicide.

Community Panel, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in Kelley Lecture Hall.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), "Every 15 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide." This panel will consist of area agency representatives who offer different services regarding suicide prevention in the community.

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