Suicide Prevention Training

A Pearson Academy India sensitization and training for health care and school professionals.

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How can you create greater psychological well-being for professionals in your school?

Statistics on suicide in India: An eye-opener

India alone accounts for approximately 30 percent of the world’s deaths resulting from suicide. In 2013, suicide claimed the lives of more than a quarter of a million Indians. That’s five times greater than all global deaths due to war and natural disasters combined. In the last three decades, from 1975 to 2005, the suicide rate increased by 43%.

Suicide is one of the most preventable forms of death. Timely and effective identification of suicidal ideation (through risk assessment) and intervention for suicidal behavior (management of risk) can make the difference between a life saved and a life lost to suicide. However, research indicates many school professionals may find themselves inadequately equipped to help students, where there is a suicide risk. Such a lack of preparedness can strike school professionals who are in regular touch with students during school hours, every day.

Lack of preparedness among school professionals coming in touch with potentially suicidal students during their practice/work results in early warning signs of suicide being overlooked. This leads to exacerbation of suicidal ideation, and ultimately attempted or worse, completed suicides.

About our training program

If you work closely with children, adolescents or adults in a care-giving or educational role, this training will help sensitize you to different aspects of suicide with a focus on suicide risk identification and risk management.

Highlights

  • Myths around suicide; how to mobilize family and social support by dispelling such myths.
  • Many professionals find themselves at a loss as to where to start: whether to ask about suicidal ideation, and how to ask. The training covers basic interviewing skills with an individual perceived to be at risk for suicide.
  • Suicide risk management can be overwhelming at times; coping techniques for helping professionals will be discussed.
  • A superior risk assessment and management work does not overlook additional aspects such as communication with the at-risk individual and family members, documentation and supervision. These aspects will be touched upon.
  • Pros and cons of widely prevalent practices, like No-harm contracts will be discussed.

Training Structure

  • Session 1 – Introduction – Definitions of relevant terms, prevalence, myths surrounding the issue of suicide
  • Tea break
  • Session 2 – Basic skills, Professionals’ self-care, Risk-factors
  • Lunch break
  • Session 3 – Protective factors, Warning signs, other aspects of risk assessment
  • Tea break
  • Session 4 – Intervention settings, Intervention approaches
  • Wrap up and Q & A

Who can attend this workshop?

General and special classroom teachers

Special Educators

School Counselors

Career counselors

School psychologists

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