GAYLORD — Organizers at Kierstan’s Ride, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing help, hope and healing through suicide prevention programs in Northern Michigan, are ramping up to combat suicide by bringing education and training to mental health and social workers, medical personnel, substance abuse counselors and gatekeepers at events in August and September.
Sponsors Kiersten’s Ride, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and American Indian Health and Family Services will offer the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 and Friday, Aug. 4, at the Diocese of Gaylord, 611 W. North St.. The two-day, interactive workshop will teach participants Pathways for Assisting Life, a practical guide to providing suicide interventions through small group discussion, powerful videos and skills practice.
The ASIST workshop is free and snacks, lunch and workshop materials will be provided. Both days are required to receive continuing education credit and gatekeeper certification. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 1.
There will also be the Kiersten’s Ride Suicide Prevention Conference, a three-day event that brings professionals and paraprofessionals an intensive educational and interactive schedule with a helpful networking experience. The event meets from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, and from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at Ellison Place, 150 Dale Drive.
There will be an address by Sgt. Kevin Briggs, an international crisis management, suicide prevention and leadership skills presenter. Briggs will touch on his early inability to help people in need while working on patrol on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and his subsequent outreach to veteran officers in hopes of finding a better way…