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Workshops and Presentations
SSC offers a variety of workshops and presentations for professionals and the community to offer an integrated approach to healing for suicide loss survivors. Check out or Facebook and LinkedIn pages for our current presentations. If you are interested in booking a workshop or presentation please email us!
Story Portrait™ workshop
This workshop is for suicide loss survivors, or those who have experienced any trauma or loss. Making a story portrait using photographic images, can offer healing insight for participants as they create their own personal collage/story portrait about their trauma/grief journey. Participants are guided through the workshop through a series of questions as they develop their collage/story portrait. The workshop allows participants to express feelings, practice self-care, and connect with others who have also experienced trauma and loss.
By attending the Story Portrait™ workshop participants will:
*Receive validation for the ups and downs of how life changes after loss/trauma.
*Connect with their sensory input systems and allow for neural integration─ ensuring that they can connect with, and benefit from, the activities.
*Choose images and use the elements provided by SSC’s Story Portrait art facilitator in order to express their loss story through personal symbols, images, and words, or with only images when there are no words.
Participants will receive a copy of the book set to use as a healing tool on their own, with a therapist, or in a support group.
NEW Bringing Community Together: How to Support Suicide Survivors
During this one hour online workshop, community members will learn how to support their friends, family and coworkers after a loss or traumatic event. Participants will hear from family who has lived experience with suicide. The goal of the workshop is for participants to learn how to support an individual or group during a mental health crisis, along with expanding their knowledge on the subject of suicide loss and prevention.
During this one hour online workshop:
Learn about safe messaging and how to support someone after a suicide loss
Validate the ups and downs of how life changes after the suicide of a family, offering an example of how one family experienced it and moved forward with their lives
Explore how art can help with healing after a loss
Learn about resources and supports for suicide prevention
Participants will receive a 5-book set, and can purchase the Healing After a Suicide Loss: All Ages Workbook + Activity Guide.
In the process of applying for Continuing Education Credits.
Press & Media
StarTribune - Mound family's stories about suicide offer a way to heal
Star Tribune - St. Catherine University showcases feminist art by 11 contemporary women
National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota Chapter (NAMI Minnesota)
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
Christopher Benz Foundation (CBF)
Brighter Days Grief Center (Brighter Days)
If you or a loved one is at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text MN to 741741.
If you or a loved one is at imminent risk, please contact 9-1-1 and ask for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer.
Crisis Text line text “HOME” to 741741 (standard data and text rates apply)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386
Helpful fact sheets for survivors
Suicide loss survivor support groups
Helping your loved one who is suicidal: a guide for family and friends
Other helpful resources:
Mental Health Crisis Planning for Children (May 2020) – Learn to recognize, manage, prevent and plan for your child’s mental health crisis. Download, here. Also find booklet in Spanish (2018), Hmong (2016) and Somali (2016).
Mental Health Crisis Planning for Adults (Dec. 2018) – Learn to recognize, manage, prevent and plan for your loved one’s mental health crisis. Download, here.
Crisis Phone Number in your Minnesota county
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Minnesota Chapter