Teacher/Counsellor

PD Sessions

Suicide Information and Education Services is pleased to offer a variety of professional development sessions and workshops for teachers, educational assistants, administration, parents and other school support staff. Focus of all sessions is the application of practical strategies, tips and tools that can be adapted to the participant’s environment. All topics can be customized and length is determined by the needs of the audience. There is a facilitation fee and follow-up outreach services are included. Please contact Mary Dawn Eggleton at (403) 342-4966 to book a presentation or to discuss your specific needs

After an Attempt

  • Is a non-fatal act in which an individual deliberately causes self-injury with the intent to die.
  • It is a signal that suggests that something has gone wrong for that person.
  • It is a cry for help and attention to get some care, support and protection It is often aimed at adjusting life rather than ending it.

Classroom Strategies

  • Being successful and accomplishing tasks increases self-esteem so find ways to insure the student has chances to achieve, even at his/her lower energy level and reduced ability to concentrate.
  • Eliminate less important work until the student is better able to focus.
  • Make positive statements that reflect his/her own past successes.

Educational Programs

Suicide Information & Education Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that Red Deer and the communities in Central Alberta have access to education, information and referral services related to suicide. We provide age-appropriate educational presentations for grades K-12, college students, and adult groups using a variety of mediums, including puppets, music, interaction, video and discussion. We support comprehensive school health with embedded curriculum initiatives and align ourselves with evidence based programming.

Self Harm

Self-harm can involve:

  • Cutting
  • Burning/branding
  • Picking at skin/reopening wounds
  • Hair pulling
  • Head banging
  • Hitting
  • Bone breaking
  • Choking themselves
  • Cutting off circulation with elastic bands, etc.

Suicide Info

Warning Signs:

I’m worried about my friend…Obviously something has got your friend down or you wouldn’t be worried. Not sure what’s going on with them, but scared they might be thinking of suicide? Look at some of the warning signs here.

Teacher/Family Contact

Establishing and maintaining contact with parents is very important throughout the school year for three main reasons:

  1. In order to be effective partners in their child’s education, families need to know what is happening in their child’s class and in the school context.
  2. Regular communication with families provides a means to discuss growth and positives regarding their children not just a platform to address issues and negatives.
  3. Sustained communication develops a relationship with the families built on a foundation of trust and support. This foundation will assist in working collaboratively on more difficult concerns should they arise.