Lakehead University offering opportunity to talk about suicide

November 5, 2018 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University Orillia is offering an opportunity for the campus and community to talk about suicide through safeTALK.

The safeTALK workshop aims to reduce the stigma that prevents society from talking about suicide. safeTALK teaches participants to identify people at risk of suicide, start a conversation without fear, and direct them to the appropriate resources. Learning how to TALK – tell, ask, listen, and keep safe – is one of the key takeaways of the workshop.

“Encouraging conversation and knowledge on mental health helps build a stronger community and reduces the taboo and stigma that surrounds the subject of suicide,” said Dr. Linda Rodenburg, coordinator of community engagement and lifelong learning at Lakehead University Orillia. “Our hope is that the interest in learning more about mental health and suicide prevention extends past our campus and into the community.”

The safeTALK workshop will be held on Monday, November 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Orillia campus. Participants will receive a certificate. For more information, or to register, go to

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Lakehead University has approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. Maclean’s 2019 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities and in 2018 Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the fourth consecutive year. Visit