Suicide Education and Awareness
The Suicide Education and Awareness (SEA) Program provides suicide prevention education to students (Grade 8–12) and staff throughout the Greater Victoria school system. These classroom workshops support meaningful conversations and help break the stigma and silence surrounding suicide and mental health. Students learn about the warning signs of suicide, about resources that are available to them and how to help themselves and others. This program has been available to middle and high school students throughout School District’s 61, 62, 63 and 64 since 1996.
Anyone who interacts with youth can benefit from identifying and understanding the signs of depression and suicide. Awareness and a willingness to talk about depression and suicide saves lives.
NEED2 also offers ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) which is a comprehensive skills training for anyone interested in learning to support those struggling with thoughts of suicide.
The curriculum & volunteer program are in the process of being revitalized, with an updated website coming soon. We will be accepting volunteers soon, for a September 2021 training group (please keep an eye on this page).
If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com
What people are saying about the program…
I think that this workshop was very informative and inspiring. The only improvement I can think of is to do them more often. Thank you!
The presentation from NEED2 has had lasting effects on my awareness (and teaching) about teenage suicide in the classroom. Students were actively engaged, and felt at ease with the compassion and understanding that the presenters demonstrated for them. This presentation helped students break the stigma surrounding suicide, and feel more confident in their ability to seek help for any depression or suicide related issues.
—Planning 10 Teacher
The presentation provided valuable information to help equip young people to take care of themselves and others. Although suicide is a serious topic, the presentation was informative, age appropriate and empowering. I highly recommend this presentation!