North West College continues to support community mental health through innovative programming. In light of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the College is offering a variety of new courses and programs in September with a focus on mental health.This month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic.
North West College partnered with LivingWorks to host two courses on Suicide Intervention in September and is delivering a part-time professional development program in partnership with Lakeland College:
Living Works safeTALK is a half day facilitated workshop in suicide alertness on September 18th. It helps participants recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live. Participants do not need any formal preparation to attend the training—anyone age 15 or older who wants to make a difference can learn the safeTALK steps.
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Suicide Intervention Workshopis a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid held at North West College on September 26 & 27. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.
Community Mental Health is a certificate program for professionals that focuses on the knowledge and skills you need to work effectively everyday with mental health and wellness issues. This part-time program is accredited by Lakeland College. Classes start September 3rd and are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00pm and some weekends.
“The College recognizes the impact mental health can play on each member of our community. When a student comes to North West College we provide support beyond the classroom. Mental health is critical to personal success and we are committed to supporting the whole student.” Said Melanie Roberts, Director of Programs for North West College and member of The Battlefords Better Together group. For more details on these programs call North West College or visit www.northwestcollege.ca for full details.
LivingWorksis the world’s leading suicide intervention training company. They have been providing communities and organizations with suicide prevention solutions for over 35 years.
North West College serves over 2600 students each year in northwestern Saskatchewan with campuses in Meadow Lake and the Battlefords. Committed to rural and Indigenous education, North West offers programs at over 20 rural sites each year including several in First Nation communities. North West acts as a brokering agent for Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST), the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan programming. The College offers a variety of hands-on learning opportunities in programs including trades, community services, health and business as well as a variety of learning opportunities that prepare students for any career path.
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