I want to know what training that you have received, as part of your University and/or College education in regards to suicide prevention. What part of your curriculum included suicide prevention?
Social Workers, were you trained in suicide prevention? Nurses, what courses that you took included suicide prevention? Doctors, tell us about your training in suicide prevention. Journalists, you have many strict corporate policies on how suicide is reported, what training on suicide did you receive in Journalism School? Paramedics, Police Officers and Firefighters, you respond to suicide calls as part of your job, how have you been trained to help those at risk of suicide or those who have just experienced the greatest trauma of their lives by losing a loved one to suicide? Teachers, you spend hours a day with our youth, how have you been trained in suicide prevention? Principals, you make policy on how suicide is talked about in your school, how have you been trained in suicide? Politicians, in Canada (federally) you are currently faced with debating Bill C300, An Act respecting a Framework for a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. In Law School of Political Science, did you receive any training in suicide and suicide prevention?
I also want to hear from; coaches, business leaders, community leaders, human resource professionals, health and safety representatives, labour leaders, etc.
I believe strongly that this is a critical missing link to suicide prevention. How do we even begin to talk about suicide if it remains shrouded in stigma and myth.
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