Counseling on Lethal Means (CALM) Training Opportunity!
When: Sept. 25, CALM for the Community
Sept. 26, CALM for Mental Health Professionals & Others
Sept. 27, CALM Train-the-Trainer (must attend one of the prior workshops)
Location: ThedaCare Behavioral Health – Community Room,
1095 Midway Road, Menasha, WI
About the CALM workshop:
As we begin to build a community strategy for addressing the 66 percent increase in suicide over the last 10 years in the Fox Valley, the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection is offering training in evidence-based, best-practice tools within the Zero Suicide Framework. Preventing suicide is complex and requires all of us to work collaboratively to reduce risk. One piece of that puzzle that has proven to be effective in prevention is to reduce access to lethal means – particularly firearms and medications. This workshop addresses why and how to do this, focusing on:
- Explaining to clients that you believe that they or a family member are at risk for suicide and why you have made that determination.
- Explaining that they can reduce the risk by reducing access to lethal means.
- Discussing specific steps they can take to remove, or at least reduce access to firearms and medications and other lethal means.
- Making this part of standard work, as part of a more comprehensive suicide prevention strategy within organizations.
About the trainer: Elaine Frank, CALM Program Director and Consultant
Elaine Frank is an Injury Prevention and Public Health professional who has focused her work for the past 10 years at the intersection of firearms safety and suicide prevention. She served as the Program Director for the Injury Prevention Center at Dartmouth for 17 years. She is the co-developer of CALM – Counseling on Access to Lethal Means – and the co-chair of the NH Firearm Safety Coalition that created the Gun Shop Project and other efforts to engage the firearm community in preventing suicide. Ms. Frank earned a Master of Health Sciences degree at John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health where she learned how and why to collaborate in order to address complex issues.