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depressed young man sitting on the benchPalmetto Health Counseling is offering “Soul Shop,” a one-day training session to help church leaders learn more about suicide prevention and how to better deal with someone who might be considering taking his own life.

The two-track session – one designed for adults working with students, another for adults working with other adults – is aimed at helping people find their best minds in times of personal crisis by addressing suicidal thinking as a regular aspect of ministry.

The training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington. The cost is $50, which includes lunch.

“Soul Shop” has four objectives:

  • Familiarize leaders with the incidence and impact of suicidal desperation on the adults and youth in their faith communities and beyond.
  • Train leaders in a simple, conversational method for saving the life of someone considering suicide.
  • Equip leaders to address suicidal desperation as a regular aspect of their life and work.
  • Engage leaders in an ongoing, strategic effort to shift the ways that faith communities deal with suicide.

Click here for more information about the youth-track training.

Click here for more information about the adult-track training.

To register, click here.


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