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Sault College has joined the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Talk Today program as the first post-secondary institute to get involved. Over 180 athletes, coaches, trainers and athletic staff will participate in mental health and suicide awareness training.
“There wasn’t even a hesitation,” said Canadian Mental Health Association, Sault Ste. Marie Mental Health Coach Lisa Carricato about Sault College joining the program. “They were so excited and I’m really proud to say that I spend time at Sault College working with them because they’re really leaders with all of the work that they’re doing in providing students with support in mental health.”
The Talk Today program began in 2014 and has become one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for Canadian athletes. Similar training opportunities exist across the country. Within British Columbia, both safeTALK and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) endeavor to “teach individuals the importance of mental health and how to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide.”
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