Talk Saves Lives is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s standardized education program that provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what they can do in their communities to save lives. Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how to keep themselves and others safe.
Topics covered include:
- Scope of the Problem: The latest data on suicide in the U.S. and worldwide
- Research: Information from research on what causes people to consider suicide, as well as health, historical, and environmental factors that put individuals at risk
- Prevention: An understanding of the protective factors that lower suicide risk, and strategies for managing mental health and being proactive about self-care
- What You Can Do: Guidance on warning signs and behaviors to look for, and how to get help for someone in a suicidal crisis
Primary Audience(s): Anyone.
Presenter Bio: Victoria Eckert is the Operations Director for Youth MOVE National. Victoria has been involved with the implementation and direction of System of Care initiatives since 2008 in a variety of roles. As a licensed social worker with family lived experience including suicide loss, her expertise ranges from suicide prevention, grief, trauma-informed care, to youth engagement. Victoria has been a facilitator for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for a number of years, teaches mental health courses at the college level, and is a certified instructor in many other evidence-based mental health training curriculums.