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This session prepares facilitators to adopt and offer Let’s Talk About Suicide: Raising Awareness and Supporting Students. This adaptable resource offers sensitive, respectful, and detailed training on suicide awareness and response. It can be used for two-hour synchronous training or for self-study. It was developed to reduce the stigma around suicide and to help faculty and staff acquire the skills and confidence to ask if a student is considering suicide, listen to that student in a non-judgmental way, and refer the student to appropriate resources.
Dawn Schell is manager of mental-health outreach and training at the University of Victoria. She has facilitated over 300 mental-health literacy sessions for staff and faculty over the past seven years. Recently Dawn has focused on re-entry anxiety and its impact on students, staff, and faculty.
Michelle Glubke has worked with post-secondary institutions for the last 15 years in the use of enterprise systems and educational technologies and in the creation of open curriculum and training resources. She leads large cross-sector collaborations and is working with BCcampus on mental health and wellness training resources. She was most inspired this year by the student team that co-created practice scenarios for an upcoming mental health and wellness training for students. She is committed to respectful relationships with the Indigenous peoples on whose traditional unceded territories she and her family live in W̱JOȽEȽP (Brentwood Bay), B.C., and Ottawa, Ontario.