Register now for safeTALK Suicide Alertness Training
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Registration 8-8:30 a.m.
Training 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

CMU College of Medicine
1632 Stone Street, Saginaw, MI 48602

SCMS members, residents, medical students, health care providers and anyone interested in learning suicide alertness are invited to participate.

Additional sessions may be scheduled in the future based on need/interest
Deadline for registration is November 6, 2018

At the request of our members following the October 2017 Membership Meeting, the Saginaw County Medical Society is hosting a second FREE Suicide Alertness Training, safeTALK, to expand on the ZEROSuicide overview presented by Barb Smith SUICIDE RESOURCE & Response Network (formerly known as Survivors of Suicide).

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.  Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives.  Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive.  safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources.

Learning goals and objectives
Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:
* Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
* Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
* Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss and avoid suicide
* Apply the TALK steps:  Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
* Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help
Up to 45% of individuals who die by suicide have visited their primary care physician within a month of their death; additional research suggests that up to 67% of those who attempt suicide receive medical attention as a result of their attempt.  Given these statistics, primary care has enormous potential to prevent suicides and connect people to needed specialty care - especially when they collaborate or formally partner with behavioral healthcare providers.  Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Funded by a generous grant from the Dow Chemical Company Foundation Donor Advised Fund

Central Michigan University College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Central Michigan University College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.   Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.