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Apr 22 2014A Port Talbot man who took a training course to learn how to respond to a suicidal person, has put the skills to use — over the internet. When Berwyn David was faced with the image of a friend with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a revolver, he had to try to put the skills he'd learned in a two-day course to use in order to save the man's life. Mr David was one of 1,666 people who signed up to the Asist (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) programme, which was held as part of the Big Lottery funded Siaradwn Ni — Let's Talk programme. Read more.
Apr 15 2014The relationship had become intolerably abusive, and after a stinging phone call one night, it seemed there was only one way to end the pain. Enough wine and pills should do the job — and would have, except that paramedics barged through the door, alerted by her lover. “I very rarely tell the story in detail publicly, it’s so triggering and sensational,” said Dese’Rae L. Stage, 30, a photographer and writer living in Brooklyn who tried to kill herself in 2006. “I talk about what led up to it, how helpless I felt — and what came after.” The nation’s oldest suicide prevention organization, the American Association of Suicidology, decided in a vote by its board last week to recognize a vast but historically invisible portion of its membership: people, like Ms. Stage, who tried to kill themselves but survived. About a million American adults a year make a failed attempt at suicide, surveys suggest, far outnumbering the 38,000 who succeed, and in the past few years, scores of them have come together on social media and in other forums to demand a bigger voice in prevention efforts. Read more.
Apr 02 2014SUDBURY–The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) has incorporated suicide awareness training into NOSM’s MD curriculum in an effort to respond to the high rates of suicide in the region. First-year students at NOSM now undergo safeTALK training, a three-hour program created by LivingWorks that trains participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with suicide first aid resources. NOSM is also developing and piloting other tools designed to help medical students deal with suicide in their future practice as physicians. Read more.