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Building community capacity to understand and respond to suicide in Nova Scotia is important. It can be difficult to know who to respond when someone is saying they may hurt themselves. While the person may need professional help, often the first people to know there is a problem are family members, friends, and co-workers. Knowing what to say and respond can help deescalate the situation until additional supports can be out in place. Building community capacity can start with you! Please watch our training video or read through the main information sheets, toolkits, and resources to help reduce the number of suicides in your community.
We also have included some additional resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time of practicing social distancing, it is important to maintain contact – especially with those experiencing poor mental health. As well we need to be mindful of older adults who may be living alone and women who are experiencing domestic violence. These resources will help you better understand these issues and how to help.
Maybe you are looking for some information to help support your school or organization. CMHA NS is pleased to offer a variety of awareness, education, and training programs to Nova Scotians on mental health topics. If you would like to build awareness and skill we also offer training programs.
If you are looking for certified suicide prevention training you can also visit LivingWorks who provides training in SafeTalk and ASSIST. LivingWorks safeTALK provides in-depth skills to recognize signs of suicide, engage someone, and ensure a connection to safety. The in-person format includes powerful audiovisuals and live practice. LivingWorks ASIST teaches trainees to provide a skilled intervention and develop a collaborative safety plan to keep someone safe and alive. Trusted by professionals yet learnable by anyone, LivingWorks ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention model.
Need Help Right Away?
It is important to know when it is past your capacity to help a person. There are a number of supports in Nova Scotia that can help or you can connect to the Kids Help Phone or Crisis Services Canada.