Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Psych Society is hosting a free workshop on suicide awareness and prevention on Mar. 22 at the University of Guelph-Humber.

The session aims to leave students “better equipped to work in human services professions” after graduating.

The workshop will be carried out by safeTALK services from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in GH419.

Vice President of Events Hannah Derue told The Avro Post that the session was a long time coming, and something she was passionate to run.

Derue said on social media that the spike in suicides at the University of Guelph last year and the recent loss of her cousin Dalton Derue in October had lead her to feel “a sense of urgency to promote awareness of suicide.”

The SafeTalk certification is one that can be added to a resume and “may even help you in your personal life to direct friends and loved ones to services that can be the difference between life and death,” Derue wrote.

Derue said early on Tuesday that the event was nearly at capacity.

Any student can attend from any program, but must RVSP as spots are limited to 30, although Derue said she would try to hold another event if there was demand for it.

Students can get free tickets via an Eventbrite event page accessible on the Psych Society social media accounts.

More details to follow. Image of the University of Guelph-Humber from The Avro Post.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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