At the workshop on Suicide and Self Harm, held May 30, 2012, Yvonne Bergmans focused on four themes: the myths and language of suicide and self harm; the tools of crisis intervention, looking at the language of pain and emotional literacy; the creation of a climate of safety; and warning signs for suicide. Participants were involved in developing realistic scenarios depicting the types of crises they face at the shelters and role-playing strategies and responses. Resources also addressed issues of self harm, its links to suicide, and some methods of detection, intervention, and treatment for adolescents and young adults who self harm and for their friends and family.


Resources for Further Information and Support

Suicide Myths from, Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support

Warning Signs from The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

Self-Injury: You Are NOT the Only One

Self-Injury: Myths and Common Sense from the National Self
Harm Network

Myths around Self Harm from

Self Injury: A Quick Guide to the Basics

What Do We Know about Self-Injury from the Cornell
Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults

Cutting and Self-Harm From

Self-Injury/Cutting From Mayo Clinic

Self Injury from, especially the sections on How To Stop
Hurting Yourself and Friends and Family