RENO, Nevada (KOLO) – September kicks off National Suicide Prevention Month and currently Nevada ranks 12th in the nation for suicide deaths, but while we are out of the top 10, there is still a long way to go. way to go.
That’s why the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCEDSV) is continuing the conversation and partnering with Nevada Crisis Support Services (CSSNV) to host a new training titled Identifying and Preventing Suicide in post-sexual assault care.
According to statistics, every 73 seconds someone is sexually assaulted in the United States and of those, 33% have had suicidal thoughts.
The coalition’s acting executive director, Amanda Bullard, said the training will help advocates and healthcare providers identify warning signs and the best tools to provide to victims/survivors.
“One who believes them, listens to them, knows they’re not alone, and then makes sure we connect them with the people who can really take a deeper dive when they need to,” she said. .
An example of a great resource is the recently deployed 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
“When we deal with trauma we lose all sense of control and so reaching out can help them find a sense of control because they work with the defenders, they work through the system which can be complicated and overwhelming” , said Christian Raymer, partnerships and head of management support at the CSSNV. “We want to make this as simple as possible.”
The training is completely free and will take place virtually to ensure transportation is not a barrier.
“With our Native American population, I know it’s the highest among all other ethnicities, so we’re trying to reach out to our native communities,” said Rita Imus, program coordinator at CSSNV. “A lot of times they’re on rural reservations where they can’t get to Reno.”
Across the state, many organizations have seen a decline in the recruitment of advocates, due to burnout and the cost of living in the area.
The training is another effort to ensure current advocates are informed of what is available to those contemplating suicide.
The webinar will take place on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Recommended audience: Community and systemic domestic and sexual violence advocates and other allied professionals working to support victim-survivors.
To register, go to https://ncedsv.coalitionmanager.org/eventmanager/TrainingEventRegistration/Create/1723
Copyright 2022 KOLO. All rights reserved.