Certifications and Trainings
WORKING MINDS: SUICIDE PREVENTION IN THE WORKPLACE
Laurie is a certified trainer in the Working Minds Program.
If you are interested in presenting this program to your workplace, please contact me for more information.
Deaths by suicide cost the United States $44 billion annually
More days of work loss and work impairment are caused by mental illness than many other chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and arthritis
In a three-month period, patients with depression miss an average of 4.8 workdays and suffer 11.5 days of reduced productivity
Depression is estimated to cause 400 million lost workdays each year at a cost to employers of $17 to $44 billion
The Solution: Working Minds
Working Minds trains organizations to proactively address the early warning signs of suicide in the workplace. Just as organizations have realized they can help reduce heart disease by encouraging exercise, they can also reduce suicide by promoting mental health and encouraging early identification and intervention. The Working Minds training is listed on the National Best Practices Registry for suicide prevention. This training will educate and equip businesses with tools to address mental health and suicide concerns within the workplace.
SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS
Laurie is a trained Suicide Bereavement Support Group Facilitator through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Everyone experiences a suicide loss in their own way, so there is no list of emotions that will exactly fit your experience. However, many people who have lived through the suicide of a loved one experience some combination of the following feelings and grief responses:
Denial and disbelief
Blame and self-recrimination
Shame and embarrassment
Depression and sadness
Yearning for the person
No matter how you choose to deal with your grief, you should not have to cope with your loss alone; be open to letting people help you live through this experience.
It may seem as if life will never feel normal again, as if you will not survive this, but you will. Be kind and patient with yourself, and find support—from other suicide loss survivors through support groups.
safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.
Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives.
Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources.