Who comes to a Real Talk workshop?
All kinds of people and from all sorts of backgrounds.
Everyone is welcome.
These workshops are designed for anyone in the community who wants to connect and find out more about how to prevent suicide in our community. There is no expectation or pressure to share your beliefs, feelings or experiences. We want everyone to feel safe and respected at our workshops so that people can speak freely without fear of judgement.
You told us that you don’t always have the time to come to a one or two day course but you do want to know more, to understand more about how to help a person in distress. So we designed this workshop for you.
Attendees could be those who have or are:
- Been affected by the suicide of someone they know or have been close to. These feelings inevitably can be confusing and difficult to talk about. They can lead us to believe that nothing can be done or that we are somehow responsible. This workshop offers a space to explore these worries. We want you to know that you can make a difference; by reading this you are already taking the first courageous steps.
- Their own story of recovery. Usually, these people are not visible in our community because it can be difficult to express that feeling suicidal has been part of their own life story. We believe that learning about recovery can be an important and empowering step in suicide prevention. The knowledge that recovery is possible can remind us that suicide is not inevitable and that suicidal thoughts and behaviours can, and in many cases DO pass. These stories tell us that although suicide is a serious problem there is also cause for hope and optimism. Not only have people recovered and are no longer experiencing these thoughts; they are now living the life they never thought they would have.
- Struggling with a crisis in their own life. This could be their own or someone they know or love. This workshop provides the confidence to start a conversation with another person about suicide, one that is reassuring and connected. It also provides practical advice and resources that really can help.
- Very little knowledge or experience of suicide at all. They may have heard something in the media or from someone else and want to check it out with us. They are curious about what they have heard and want to know more.
This workshop does not give direct advice on how to manage your own feelings of suicide. If you are in a current crisis it is important that you get help, please don’t wait until things get worse or struggle alone. We know it can sometimes feel that there is no one to understand or care. We want you to know that your life is important to us. Please get help today. Got to our resources page for numbers and resources that we hope will help.
Whatever your experience you are welcome at our Real Talk workshop.
Please come along we would really like to see you there.
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