Minor issues and things that cause stress in our everyday life can pile up and compound into a much bigger problem. It may get to a point that the load may get too heavy that we start deliberating about just letting go. At this point, when suicide ideation transpires, it is already too late. Prevention is better than cure, ergo, pre-prevention is best. This certainly is the case when it comes to managing stress.
This session’s resource speaker, Amy Morgan, introduces us to the concept of pre-prevention. A regular Justice Clearinghouse instructor, Amy is the Founder and Director of Academy Hour, an organization that provides public safety agencies with mental health and leadership courses.
Some of the points Amy discussed in this course are:
- The importance of being proactive when it comes to addressing suicide ideation.
- Planning ahead and performing ongoing care of our relationships to prevent the causes of our problems.
- Pain and Loss: the two elements of suicide ideation, how these manifest and impact a person’s well-being.
- The different areas of health that an individual must pay attention to in order to build resilience when challenges come our way.
- How concerns in one area of health can distract an individual, deplete one’s energy, and end up affecting other aspects of life.
- The concept of building good health and saving positives giving an individual the ability to recover faster from setbacks and prevents emotional and mental depletion.
- How to not let the negative feelings take over by seeking counseling, focusing on physical health, listing down the things that one wants to change, reflecting on existing relationships, and setting goals.
- Practical tips to get started on working on the different areas of health and managing negative feelings through:
- Seeking guidance on physical, mental, emotional, financial and relationship health through counselors, a support network, or even getting in touch with a helpline.
- Employing steps to better health through nutrition, activities, and rest.
- Initiating changes in terms of career, hobbies, and activities.
- The various factors that lead someone to struggle especially when the stress is constant and ongoing.
- Hope: The value of having something to propel an individual forward and what are the things that provide hope in life.
- Several self-assessment exercises were provided to understand the concepts and tips discussed.
Some of the things Amy clarified during the Q&A are:
- Utilizing peer support teams and chaplains as pre-prevention measures.
- What to do when an agency does not offer peer support programs.
- Amy’s background working with law enforcement and first responders.
- Working through multiple stressors intuitively based on one’s personality.
- Systems to employ when creating better awareness, practicing gratitude, or venting the negativities.
- The book analogy: Managing the books that pile up in your arms so they don’t get too heavy.
- Improving one’s mindset and developing optimism.
- The concept of counterbalancing when it comes to dealing with negativities that we cannot remove or change.
This is the first of a three-part series. Join us for:
- Part 1: Pre-Prevention: Staying ahead of the Struggle (this webinar)
- Part 2 – April 8: Suicide Explained: What Leads Someone to that Moment
- Part 3 – June 2: Challenge Yourself to Change Your Life
- “I liked the tone of the presenter and helpful ideas that did not make the person feel weak.” — Ty
- “A much-needed reminder to have self-awareness and do self-assessments/take inventory to see what parts of your life are causing you the most stress.” — Tara
- “The handout was excellent.” — Sean
- “Amy is an incredible presenter, speaker, and trainer. She presented a workshop for us at our agency, and she was spot on with everything she presented. I came away from that seminar with additional information, as well as few great nuggets to use when I am working with victims, first responders, etc. I hope she comes back again!” — Richard
- “Excellent: Another excellent Amy Morgan Production.” — Robert
- “Coming from a law enforcement family and also dealing with the issue of suicide in my family, this was wonderfully practical help on dealing with things before they get out of hand. Thank you!” — Misty
- “Very practical, down to earth advice.” –Raylene
- “I thought Amy did a great job, very practical, very down-to-earth, very real, very do-able examples. I’m going to turn around and recommend this content to the Peer Support team to which I belong and the Wellness unit in our Service.” — Amanda