Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Suicide Prevention Training for Community Leaders

Community leaders have the power to convene people. This is a wonderful skill that comes with many responsibilities: logistics, marketing, catering, volunteer coordination, etc.  I believe that our responsibilities as community leaders goes beyond these basic steps and includes creating a welcoming and safe space for our community. 

When we help co-create those kinds of spaces, we help guard against isolation, depression and burn out that many experience when they operate for too long without a supportive community. Unfortunately, many community leaders themselves feel this isolation because they lack a strong peer network and are carrying on their shoulders all the pain and suffering brought to their attention by their community members. 

To support my fellow community leaders, I'm offering a training on how to deal with one of the hardest topics faced by any community. For the purpose of these trainings, I've defined "community leader" as anyone who regularly convenes groups of people. If that's you, I hope you'll join me. If not, please share this with a community leader in your life.

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