Sexual Assault

Suicidality Within the Context of Sexual Assault

Don’t forget we have a giveaway going on through May 25th!

This is a really fantastic topic for a webinar–hopefully it’s not too late to register. The Massachusetts Department of Health’s Suicide Prevention Program is offering a free webinar on May 18th. When Sexual Assault Survivors Call: Suicidality Within the Context of Sexual Assault will be held from 1-2:30pm. Registration is required by the 16th, though, so don’t wait.

Webinar Objectives:
Participants will gain a better understanding of the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors
among survivors of sexual assault, and will understand the importance of discussing suicide and
assessing suicide risk for the survivors we support. Participants will be able to utilize strategies gained to
engage the survivor who is suicidal with increased confidence. Additionally, participants will learn about
how to work and advocate with systems that respond to suicidal behavior.

Webinar agenda:
Finding a place for risk of suicide in strength-based work
Understanding the relationship between trauma and suicide among survivors of sexual violence
Prevalence of suicidal ideation among survivors of sexual violence
What to look for: Subtle and overt signs of suicidal behavior
Tools for responding to suicidal thoughts and actions
– Respectful conversations and interventions
– Engaging other systems and resources (including rape crisis centers)
Self care: Taking care while giving care

Presenters: Lisa Hartwick, LICSW and Elisabeth Nash Wrenn, MSW