Suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth focus of education session

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CHAMPAIGN — The Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County and Rattle the Stars will be hosting an education session addressing suicide prevention and LGBTQ youth on Sept. 26.

From the Facebook event:

40% of LGBQ youth and over 50% of trans youth have had serious thoughts of suicide. Family, friends, and professionals in the position to intervene may be limited in their understanding of suicide and may not feel comfortable or competent to provide support.

RTS/C will address these issues using strategies guided by compassion, cultural awareness, and centering the needs of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing suicide. Participants will learn the scope and impacts of suicide, and risk and protective factors for suicide. Participants will gain skills in asking and talking about suicide, means safety, safety planning, and connecting to resources.

RTS/C is appropriate for anyone age 17 and older, including parents, college students, teachers and school staff, social workers, social service providers, coaches, mentors, and clergy.

Learning Objectives:

1. Increase understanding of suicide to develop compassion for people experiencing suicide.

2. Develop confidence to talk about suicide and provide support to people experiencing suicide.

3. Develop skills to intervene and prevent suicide.

CEUs: None

To register, go to http://rattlethestars.org/training/.

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