Lakehead University Orillia is offering an opportunity for the campus and community to talk about suicide through safeTALK. The alertness training prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. 

The safeTALK workshop aims to reduce the stigma that prevents society from talking about suicide by teaching participants to identify people at risk, how to start a conversation without fear and directing them to the appropriate resources. Learning how to TALK – tell, ask, listen and keep safe – is one of the key takeaways of the workshop. 

“Encouraging conversation and knowledge on mental health helps build a stronger community and reduces the taboo and stigma that surrounds the subject of suicide,” said Dr. Linda Rodenburg, Lakehead University Orillia community engagement and lifelong learning coordinator. “Our hope is that the interest in learning more about mental health and suicide prevention extends past our campus and into the community.” 

The safeTALK workshop will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Orillia campus. Visit lakeheadu.ca/cell for more information or to register.