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Continuing the Conversation about Hope and Resilience PART 2

Continuing the Conversation about Hope and Resilience PART 2
Posted on 10/27/2020
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October 27, 2020: Connecting with School Communities about Suicide: Hope and Resilience in Southeast Alberta PART 2

Who: All parents, caregivers and school staff in Medicine Hat and southeast Alberta.

What: Connecting with School Communities about Suicide: Hope and Resilience in Southeast Alberta PART 2. Some questions from the first event still need to be addressed, giving us an opportunity to connect with our school communities once again. 

School Division Psychologist Speakers:
Claire Petersen, MHPSD Division Psychologist R.Psych
G
reg Godard, PRSD Division Psychologist R.Psych

When: Wednesday, November 4 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Online/Virtual Session - CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LIVE PRESENTATION. You will need to download Microsoft Teams on your tablet or smartphone to watch this presentation.

How do I register for this event? No registration is required for this event, if you plan on attending this information session, please check back here on Friday, October 30, 2020 for a link to the live event. The event will be hosted in Microsoft Teams; any viewers that choose to use their smartphone or tablet will need to download the app.
How can I submit a question? There is an option to SUBMIT A QUESTION for the speakers to address (question submission will close on Sunday, November 1)

Background: As you are probably aware, there have been a series of deaths by suicide in the southeast region of Alberta that have impacted people in our communities and weigh heavy on those who are working to prevent further loss. Many of our children are burdened by these tragedies but not all are communicating openly about their concerns. Since our first session, school based psychology professionals and support teams have been working with families to answer important questions about the following themes:

  • Concerns related to pandemic/school-closures and reopening.
  • When are my child’s struggles serious enough to warrant the need for more help?
  • What are schools doing to address mental health and how do students access supports?
  •  What community supports are available and how to access them?
  • ow to have open conversations about suicide with your child/youth?
  •  How do I help someone who isn’t ready for help?
  •  Understanding the grief process?
  •  Impact of social media on children/youth.
  • Building resilience in our children/youth.

 The goal of the second information session is to:

  • Connect with our most valuable community partners – our parents and caregivers
  • Address the questions brought forward since the first Connecting Community session.
  • Share conversation starters and tools that parents and caregivers can use to have important and effective conversations about grief, loss and mental health.

We look forward to sharing more information about Part 3 in the coming weeks. Our intention for Part 3 is for school leaders and counsellors to engage with families, staff and students through small and intimate, in-person conversations at schools. 

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