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New suicide prevention program launching in Grande Prairie

A new suicide prevention program has been launched in Grande Prairie. Skills for Safer Living is a four week support group offering intervention skills development for youth and young adults.

The Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention says youth interested will have conversations in their assigned groups with a professional or an expert. The group will then try to find the root cause including the thoughts and the feeling behind suicide.

Public Education and Outreach Director Tammy Monro says the program will aim to equip participants with skills and strategies to live more safely and have better options when thinking about suicide.

“It’s about teaching them the skills to stay safe for now and it can be for all youths. Because when youths are thinking about suicide that is often the only choice they see, and our goal is to let them know there is another option.”

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Monro adds they have had a few requests from families and youths who have thought about committing suicide or have attempted suicide, especially during the pandemic, asking for support.

“We will start with learning how to problem solve; we will do an activity called a thoughts, feelings, and behaviour triangle. We look at the different choices that somebody has and really reframe it.”

Skills for Safer Living is a partnership between the Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention in Grande Prairie and the Centre for Suicide Prevention in Calgary and will run twice a year for two years in Grande Prairie and Grimshaw.

The first group will start on Thursday, May 4th. To register or learn more about the program you can send an email to [email protected] or call the office at 780-539-6680.

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