According to information published this week by the Ministry of Health, Belize has averaged about 2 suicides per month over the past 5 years. In an effort to decrease those numbers, 100 social workers, educators, counselors, administrators and youth workers received training in suicide prevention. The training took place between May 24th and June 1st under the YouthRise Project in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation in partnership with the Galen University. The training consisted of three trainings in the West, East and South. The first training session, held at the Galen University from the 24th to the 25th of May focused on ‘intermediate suicide prevention’. The second session, held at the BIM in Belize City from the 28th to the 29th focused on basic suicide prevention. The third training session was held at Sacred Heart College in Dangriga Town from May 31st to June 1st. Those sessions also focused on intermediate suicide prevention. Participants who attended the workshops were equipped in conducting and practicing suicide assessments, responding to and monitoring youths at risk of suicide, including intervention skills such as safety planning and crisis response planning.

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