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How To Help a Friend Who Is Suicidal

When a friend is in crisis, it can be scary and confusing. What should you say? What should you do?

If you’d like to learn more about suicide intervention, next week at the Community Care Centre (200 King St E), Carly Boyce will facilitate an intro-level workshop for folks who want to build and share skills around supporting people in their lives who are suicidal. Carly is a facilitator, writer, and therapist whose work focuses on sexuality, gender, grief, body autonomy, and trauma.

This is not a certification course; it’s an opportunity to gather and share support on helping our friends who sometimes want to die, maybe not die. You’ll explore your own beliefs around suicide, how to know if someone you love is thinking about ending their own life and what emergency services exist if they don’t feel safe around traditional routes (police, doctors). You’ll also explore what your own boundaries are, and how to talk about them with someone in crisis.

This is a free workshop happening on October 8 from 3 to 6 p.m. Register here.

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