By BBN Staff: Seventy social workers, childcare providers, and youth workers in southern and northern Belize have been trained in basic suicide prevention strategies.
The training workshops were sponsored by the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation in partnership with Galen University.
The 2-day workshops were held between August 8 and 14 in Punta Gorda, Orange Walk, and Corozal.
During the training, participants received information and tools on how to conduct assessments to determine if persons are at a low, medium or high risk of committing suicide, as well as how to respond and monitor youths at-risk of suicide, including important intervention skills such as safety planning and crisis response planning for all levels of suicide risk.
The workshops were facilitated by Dr. Guy Ilagan, Assistant Professor of Counsellor Education at the Citadel College in Charleston, South Carolina and Dr. Jill Ilagan, Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Professor at the Citadel’s Psychology – Clinical Counselling Program.
This is the third round of suicide prevention training to take place as part of the collaboration between the Ministry of Human Development and Galen.
So far, over 200 professionals and community workers across Belize have received training in basic and intermediate suicide prevention.