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Educators in Rainbow Schools take part in suicide intervention workshop

Fifteen educators in Rainbow Schools will take part in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on Tuesday, January 22 and Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Centre for Education, 408 Wembley Drive. This is the first of three training sessions to take place in 2019.

ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and how to work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

During the workshop, participants will engage in numerous activities and exercises to build hands-on skills. They will understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions; learn how to provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs; appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large; and recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care.

“Mental health and well-being is essential for academic success and personal growth,” said Norm Blaseg, Director of Education for Rainbow District School Board. “This training will help our staff help our students who are experiencing distress.”

Rainbow District School Board adopted its first Mental Health Strategic Plan in September 2018. The plan guides the Board’s work by embedding student mental health policy within its strategic planning; raising awareness to decrease stigma and increase the capacity to recognize the signs of mental health problems early and how to access the appropriate intervention; and implementing evidence informed promotion, prevention, and intervention mental health services to promote mentally healthy classrooms.

To access the Mental Health Strategic Plan, click here:


Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171 ext. 7217.