SLIP to offer important suicide prevention program

Published 11:22 am Friday, September 30, 2022

Please join Saluda Living in Place (SLIP) for a special community awareness program, “Suicide Talk” offered by Fe Anam Avis. It will be held at Saluda Fire and Rescue on Thursday, October 20, from 10 – 11:30 a.m.


Many people of all ages in our community are impacted by suicide. Due to stigma, most suffer alone. Kate Roper from Compass, Web MD, found that 58% of older adults who die by suicide have seen their primary care practitioner in the last month of their life. However, they’re more likely to have talked to their doctor about a physical complaint, rather than a mental health concern.

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Join SLIP for this program, and learn basic conversational skills to help someone who may be considering suicide. Learn how to speak with a relative, friend, neighbor, loved one, or acquaintance. As Mr. Avis says, “if you can use the word ‘suicide’ in a sentence, you can save a life.”


Fe Anam Avis is a nationally known figure in suicide prevention and has trained thousands of people in suicide awareness and intervention skills. He is the creator of Soul Shop™, an international movement that trains church leaders, first responders, community leaders, and other concerned individuals to care for those impacted by suicidal desperation as a regular aspect of their life. 


Space is limited. Please call SLIP at (828)749-0049 to reserve your place no later than Monday, October 10. Leave a message with your name and phone number and we will return your call. Once you register, you will receive an email reminder several days prior to the presentation.


Submitted by DiAnne Arbour