A three-hour course coming up in Iroquois Falls on May 29th will help you respond to a friend or relative who is suicidal, and get them immediate help.

It’s taking place at the Porcupine Health Unit office behind the hospital.  Public health nurse Stephanie Gravel says it’s called “SafeTALK”.

“All persons with thoughts of suicide should be taken seriously,” she notes. “So these individuals should be assessed by their health care providers or seek immediate attention at a local emergency department.”

The class will help you recognize the signs of suicidal tendency, and help you help that person to get help.

“It’s essentially the first aid of suicide alertness,” Gravel says. “So you identify that there is an issue at hand and then we will kind of go through who to connect you with.”

You can pre-register for the “SafeTALK” course at the health unit office.