CULTIVATING PASSION, MOTIVATING ACTION.
I love the title of the 2013 Annual National Conference of the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association.
Welcome to all of the delegates and the Board of Directors who are attending the conference. My talk today will be about ACTION. What can Nursing Students and Nurses do about preventing suicide and breaking the stigma that surrounds suicide and mental health.
I will talk about the importance and power of creating a proactive dialogue on suicide to get rid of the stigma that surrounds it. I will share with you images and stories of those who have lost loved ones and friends to suicide. I’ll share stories that will make you cry out of sadness and stories that will empower you with knowledge that suicide can be prevented, when we reach out and care. You will hear me talk about SafeTALK and why I passionately believe it ought to be a part of first year Nursing Curriculum at every University and College across Canada. SafeTALK is a three hour workshop that teaches us how to identify people with thoughts of suicide, keep them safe and link them with community (or campus) based resources. SafeTALK is to suicide what CPR is to heart attacks. And like CPR, anyone can save lives with SafeTALK.
“I’m a Nursing Student and I want SafeTALK made part of my Nursing curriculum, how do I do it?” Please contact Heather Stokes, Vice President of LivingWorks. She’s expecting your calls.
Heather Stokes, Vice President & Business Development
Living Works Education
As well as education, I’ll be talking about awareness, fundraising and the importance of creating a suicide safer campus community. Engagement through fundraising is critical for awareness, just like it is with cancer, diabetes or heart disease. A campus based campaign has been created at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay) where the goal is $1 from every student for suicide prevention through the Collateral Damage Project. If you want to learn more and to do this on your campus, contact Matt Quirion to learn more, Matthieu Quirion, firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to your comments. Let me know what you think of; suicide prevention training for nursing students, SafeTALK or my keynote address. If you want to get involved in the work that we do, send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.