If you or someone you know has had suicidal thoughts recently, or if you would like information and training how to help those who have had those thoughts, attend “Teach 2 Reach” Monday evening at the Utah State University-Brigham City Campus. Organized by the Brigham Suicide Prevention Coalition, the event will be held in the Multi-purpose Room from 6-8 p.m.
Last year more than 650 Utahns took their life with suicide, a record amount of suicides in the state. Monday’s event is for family and friends, ages 11 and over.
Speakers Timothy Curran, Ph.D., Kaitlin Phillips, Ph.D. and Terry Boharsik will be on hand to discuss topics like the importance of communication in your family, how to recognize when a family member may be struggling, where to get help when things are beyond our ability, how to appropriately engage in difficult conversations with family members, and more.
Curran is currently an assistant professor of Communication Studies. Phillips received her Ph.D. in Interpersonal, Family and Intergroup Communication and she researches the communication strategies that both help and hurt sibling relationships, and the role of family identity.
Terry Boharsik has been living with mental illness since he was in his late teens, early twenties. Boharsik is currently volunteering for Crisis Text Line. Some of his passions include participating in the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) as well as advocating for people living with and affected by bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.
People who may be interested in attending may pre-regisgter, for free, at bcsuicideprevention2018.eventbrite.com.
Know the Signs, Reach Out, You Matter, They Matter.