Three congregations, University Christian Church, Lake City Christian Church & All Pilgrims Christian Church, with significant help from the Northwest Regional Christian Church staff and a grant from the NWRCC, are sponsoring a workshop on “Mental Illness, Homelessness, and Suicide: Engaging the Issues with Transforming Relationships.” The workshop, on September 10, will have two speakers who will address issues of mental illness and suicide, and how these health factors are key components of the homelessness crisis that is enveloping Seattle, and our whole country, more and more. The objectives of the workshop are that attendees would be able to move from transactional exchange (such as a meal) to a relational engagement with houseless persons, and to act in the moment to intervene and provide assistance to persons contemplating suicide.
The single-day workshop will be on Sept. 10 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM, at University Christian Church in Seattle. Doors open at 9:15 AM.
$20.00 per person. ** Registration due by August 28 to guarantee a lunch will be available for you.**
We have two excellent leaders for the topics:
Kae Eaton is director of the Mental Health Chaplaincy. She works with individuals and families living with mental illness or homelessness, and also with secular and faith-based communities engaged with these communities. She will teach attendees how they can become Companions to individuals they encounter in their daily lives. Her approach encourages compassionate awareness for those in our neighborhoods who struggle with these issues. Kae will lead:
How do you support the individuals in your community who live with mental illness, insecure housing, chemical dependency, or trauma? How do you move from a transactional exchange to a relational engagement enabling substantive change?
Companionship is designed to encourage compassionate awareness for those struggling within our neighborhoods and communities of faith. The training develops skills to listen consciously with openness, along with an awareness of limits and boundaries, easing the isolation these difficulties often bring. Learn how you can integrate Companionship into your organization or faith community with your staff, ushers, social justice teams, and pastoral care teams.
David Pina is a retired Air Force Chaplain, doing Chaplaincy work at the Seattle VA Hospital, who specializes and trains in suicide prevention. His portion of the workshop will focus on being alert to suicide talk, taking action to connect a suicidal person with community resources, and providing suicide first aid. David will lead:
SUICIDE AWARENESS AND TOOLS FOR VOLUNTEERS
safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.
Suicide is on the rise in our nation, both among the general population and among veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. David will not only increase our awareness of the impact of suicide in our communities using resources from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration); but will also bring a wealth of knowledge and practical tools through his work as an ASIST and safeTALK trainer. Conversation and awareness go a long way to reducing the shame and stigma of the experience of death by suicide, and we will begin to open a path to healing both in our personal lives and in our communities.
The workshop will include a catered lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, and handouts for attendees.