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  1. Course Title: Suicide Course Number: B-10 SUICIDE: Pre, Inter and Postvention Presented by; Chaplain Bert McQueen, CMC, MSW

  2. Chaplain Bert McQueen is your presenter: • 30 years in service as a chaplain / a Certified Master Chaplain with ICPC • ICISF- Recognized Instructor • Alaska State Representative / NW-ICPC • Executive Director Alaska Police and Fire Chaplains Ministries • Military: LTC Chaplain Bert McQueen; Command Chaplain with the Alaska 49th Readiness Brigade (SEP) , DMVA • AK CISM Teams Network - Founder : Anchorage CISM Team and helped start several other CISM Teams throughout Alaska +/- 22 teams

  3. Training goals • The goals of instruction in the B10 Suicide Core Training Course are to provide the student with: • A general understanding of suicide including factual information relative to suicides; • An understanding of how depression is related to suicide; • An understanding of how substance abuse is related to suicide; • Signs/intervention for suicide prevention; • Tools for responding to scenes of suicide threat or completion; • An overview of police suicides; • Information regarding aftermath issues; • General chaplain health and wellness and • Resources


  5. I. Facts about SUICIDE A. Is suicide a problem? B. Why do people commit suicide? C. Is there a particular kind of person who is most prone to suicide? D. What are the causes of suicide? Myths about SUICIDE

  6. What do I believe? • Suicide is wrong. • Suicide is a sin. • Suicide is the act of a coward or a weak person. • Suicide is justifiable under certain circumstances. • Suicide is selfish. • Suicide is irrational. • I will stop someone from completing suicide. • I must have failed if someone I am helping completes suicide. • I would be ashamed if a family member completed suicide. • Suicide will never be the right choice for me.

  7. II. Depression and SUICIDE A. Definition of a person in depression B. Clinical depression vs. “blue mood”C. Types of depression 1. Major depressive disorders 2. Bipolar disorders or manic–depressive disorder 3. DysthymiaD. Symptoms of clinical depressionE. Depression relative to suicide

  8. III. Substance Abuse and SUICIDE

  9. IV. SUICIDE INTERVENTION Warning signsAt risk individuals vs. intervention

  10. V. Responding to the scene of a SUICIDE

  11. VI. Police Officer SuicideA. Twice any many die by their own hand each year than are killed in the line of duty B. Underreported or misclassified

  12. Continued:C. Warnings/ Triggers in police suicidesD. Coping strategies for suicide prevention

  13. Continued:E. When a suicide occurs; Remember a person for how they lived not how they died. 1. Debriefing 2. Funeral 3. Surviving family

  14. VII. Aftermath IssuesVIII. Chaplain Health and WellnessIX. Resources