Moral Injury Convening & safeTALK Training

Come together as a community to discuss & learn about Moral Injury, suicide prevention & train to become a suicide-alert helper.

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Volunteers of America of Florida is hosting a Moral Injury Convening, Movie Screening & safeTALK training

Please join us to discuss & learn more about Moral Injury and ways any average person can help prevent suicide. Suicide is preventable. Anyone can help. Be prepared to help when someone needs it most. This event will consist of a movie screening kick-off event on Tuesday, then on Wednesday there will be a moral injury panel discussion, open discussion, and suicide prevention training. FREE lunch will be provided to registered attendees.

Event Schedule Overview

Tuesday, 4/3/2018- 6:00pm: Movie screening of Almost Sunrise at Volunteers of America of Florida’s James Cole Village, 4011 N 39th StTampa, FL 33610.

Wednesday, 4/4/2018- 8:30am- 9:00am– Registration

Wednesday, 4/4/2018- 9:00am- 12:00pm: Moral Injury Convening at USF, Marshall Student Center, 4103 USF Cedar Cir, Tampa, FL 33620

Wednesday, 4/4/2018- 12:00pm- 1:00pm: LUNCH- provided for free to all registered attendees

Wednesday, 4/4/2018- 1:00pm- 4:00pm: safeTALK Training at USF, Marshall Student Center, 4103 USF Cedar Cir, Tampa, FL 33620

TUESDAY, 4/3/2018, 6:00pm

Movie Screening of Almost Sunrise:

*** This event is the night before the convening at a Volunteers of America of Florida Program Location.

Almost Sunrise is a story of resilience and recovery. A feature-length documentary, the film follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, as they struggle with depression upon returning home from military service. Fearful of succumbing to the epidemic of veteran suicide, they both seek a lifeline and embark on a 2,700-mile walk across America as a way to confront their inner pain. The film captures an intimate portrait of two friends suffering from the unseen wounds of war as they discover an unlikely treatment: the restorative power of silence and meditation. A cinematic experience that juxtaposes the internal struggles of its characters against the wide-open spaces of America’s heartland, Almost Sunrise is also the first film to explore “moral injury:” the profound shame that many veterans feel when their experiences of war violate their moral beliefs, and a possible critical factor in veteran suicide. Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kTgVXuli8s  

 

Wednesday, 4/4/2018 8:30am- 4:00pm

Moral Injury Overview:

Like psychological trauma, moral injury is a construct that describes extreme and unprecedented life experience including the harmful aftermath of exposure to such events. Events are considered morally injurious if they “transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.

The Moral Injury Convening will include panel discussion from field expert Rita Brock. The panel discussion will lead to breakout sessions and discussions.

Suicide Alertness For Everyone- safeTALK Training:

safeTALK is a half-day training in suicide alertness. This session will be presented by the Volunteers of American National Veterans’ Resource Squad. Participants will learn to recognize a person having thoughts of suicide and how to connect them with appropriate resources to assist the person in making a choice to live. Participants who are 18 years old or older and who want to make a difference in a person’s life can learn the safeTALK steps.

Location

University of South Florida, Marshall Student Center Room 2708

4103 USF Cedar Cir

Tampa, FL 33620

University of South Florida Marshall Student Center Room 2708 4103 USF Cedar Cir Tampa, FL 33620 United States

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