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Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Service Industry Train-the-Trainer

Monday, July 08, 2019
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
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Colorado Restaurant Association
430 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

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Led by Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, a licensed psychologist and force of change in mental health

Suicide Prevention Train-the-Trainer session (and discussion to follow) on the unique factors in the service industry to help inform creation of future resources relevant to the unique composition of the service industry


The Problem:

  • More days of work loss and work impairment are caused by mental illness than many other chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and arthritis
  • In a three-month period, patients with depression miss an average of 4.8 workdays and suffer 11.5 days of reduced productivity
  • Depression is estimated to cause 400 million lost workdays each year at a cost to employers of $17 to $44 billion

The Solution: Working Minds

Working Minds is a 2-hour training that helps organizations proactively address the early warning signs of suicide in the workplace. Just as organizations have realized they can help reduce heart disease by encouraging exercise, they can also reduce suicide by promoting mental health and encouraging early identification and intervention. This training will educate and equip businesses with tools to address mental health and suicide concerns within the workplace.The training gives participants the skills and tools to appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges, and by promoting help-seeking and help-giving.

Working Minds Train-the-Trainer Certification Course:

This 8-hour certification course gives participants the tools to deliver the 2-hour Working Minds training in their workplace and community. After completing the course, trainers are able to give participants the tools to identify people at risk and respond to a crisis.

Cost: FREE - thanks to the generous sponsorship of Illegal Pete's
Lunch provided by Illegal Pete's

($250 value) Use password use password: DENVERWM to access.  

Illegal Pete’s is hosting this seminar because the severity of the mental health crisis in our industry was brought front-and-center this year with the death of one of their own, BrittanyStrummer. Since then, they have embarked on a plan to not only provide education and awareness of mental health and wellness in their company, but also begin a greater conversation about how to tailor messaging and engagement to members of our industry so it resonates and provides a positive, lasting impact.


The class is geared toward heads of HR, Training, and other industry influencers who may directly apply the information from the training to their own company and who may also affect change within the industry. There are a limited number of spaces available.


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