Hospice of Hilo to Host safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training

Hospice of Hilo will be hosting a safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training sponsored by the State of Hawaii Department of Health, on Saturday, September 30 from noon-4:00pm at the organization’s Community Building located at 1011 Waiānuenue Avenue, Hilo.

This half-day workshop will prepare participants to recognize and support a person with thoughts of suicide. Attendees will become safeTALK-trained suicide alert helpers, which will allow them to move beyond the common tendency to dismiss or avoid talking about suicide. This training will provide instruction in how to properly connect a person with thoughts of suicide to first aid and intervention caregivers. A certified safeTALK instructor along with the support of Hospice Spiritual Counselor, Rebekah Bernard, will facilitate the workshop.

Suicide was the most common cause of fatal injuries among Hawaii residents over the 5-year period 2010-2014, accounting for over one-quarter (908, or 26%) of all fatal injuries, according to State of Hawaii Department of Health data. Suicide was also the leading cause of injury-related death for most age groups — all but the very young and the very old out-pacing car crashes, homicide, unintentional poisoning and drowning. Health data estimates one person dies by suicide in Hawaii every two days.

The training is free, however pre-registration and sign up are mandatory. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, September 28th by calling Volunteer Manager, Jeanette Mochida at (808) 969-1733 or by emailing jeanettem@hospiceofhilo.org

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