Equipping Faith Communties for Suicide Prevention & Recovery

Our region and our state have higher-than-average adult and youth suicide rates. How can faith leaders and faith communities restore hope, before and after a suicide?

Creating Hope, co-presented by Samaritan Counseling Center and NAMI Fox Valley, will explore that question. The workshop equips faith leaders and faith communities to prevent, intervene in, and minister in the wake of suicide.

8:00 to 8:30 a.m.- Registration, Breakfast, and Resource Fair

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.- Welcome and Overview

8:45 to 9:00 a.m.- One Congregation’s Story

9:00 to 9:45 a.m.- Prevention: Resiliency and Seeing the Signs of Risk

(Contributing Factors; Means Restriction; Mental Health First Aid; Wellness Screen)

9:45 to 10:00 a.m.- Break

10:00 to 10:45 a.m.- Intervention: Guiding Someone to the Help they Need

(QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)/ACT (Ask, Care, Tell); Crisis Intervention & Hope Line; Alternatives to Suicide Adult Group; Counseling & Hospitalization)

10:45 to 11:30 a.m.- Post-vention: Recovery & Grief/Loss

(Post-hospitalization/Counseling; SOS (Survivors of Suicide Grief Support Group): One Family’s Story; Recovery for a Faith Community)                      

11:30 to 11:45 a.m.- Wrap up, Certificate of Attendance, Evaluation

 

 

Thursday, May 3, 2018
8:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Grand Meridian
2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI 
$35 includes breakfast

Contact

lisa schiller, program assistant

  (920) 954-1550

  lisa@namifoxvalley.org

By the end of this session, attendees will:

  1. Recognize warning signs and causes of suicide.
  2. Begin to name ways to promote mental health and resiliency.
  3. Know basic intervention principles.
  4. Learn how to train others in the faith community to intervene when someone is at risk.
  5. Understand what resources are available for grief support after a suicide.
  6. Brainstorm ways to promote healing and hope as a faith community.

Empowering Voices to Save Lives

According to the 2016 Fox Cities Life Study, “12% of Fox Cities high school students have attempted suicide and 15.3% have seriously considered suicide.” This heartbreaking statistic, which is higher than most recent national and state averages, demonstrates that suicide awareness and prevention are vital to saving lives. An upcoming event, presented by NAMI Fox Valley, will build on the energy inspired by the local Kids in Crisis series by providing additional information and inspiration for anyone who lives, cares for, or works with adolescents in our area.

"Empowering Voices to Save Lives " is open to all community members and will showcase nationally renowned speaker: Mettie Spiess. This presentation will captivate the audience through the unmasking of Mettie’s journey living with mental illness, suicidal loss, and uniting communities to find their voice. The keynote address will cover topics of youth suicide prevention and mental health support. Fox Cities parents, guardians, educators, youth social workers and other interested community members will gain skills to safely support adolescents in crisis. This event was made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region of $2,500, covering most of the expenses.

Contact

lisa schiller, program assistant

  (920) 954-1550

  lisa@namifoxvalley.org

monday, may 14, 2018
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Fox Valley Technical College, Room C190 ABC
1825 N. Bluemound Dr., Appleton, WI 54912

Registration appreciated, but not required.

Children's Mental Health for Professionals

NAMI Fox Valley is pleased to, once again, offer Children's Mental Health for Professionals! This training is designed to help educate professionals and equip them with the tools and resources to better assist children living with mental health struggles. The one or two day training is for professionals who work with children ages three to eighteen. 

NAMI Fox Valley will be joined by nationally renowned speaker, award winning author, and educator: Mettie Speiss. This presentation will captivate the audience through the unmasking of Mettie’s journey living with mental illness, suicidal loss, and uniting communities to find their voice.

 

Contact

lisa schiller, program assistant

  (920) 954-1550

  lisa@namifoxvalley.org

June 11-12, 2018
8:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: Fox Valley Technical College, Room C190 ABC
1825 N. Bluemound Dr., Appleton, WI 54912