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Soul Shop, a nationally recognized suicide awareness training movement, is coming to Athens

Athens, GA – Soul Shop, a nationally recognized suicide awareness training movement, is coming to Athens and will be offered at Milledge Avenue Baptist Church in two sessions. Soul Shop for the Public will be Sunday, September 16, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at no charge. This will be suicide awareness training for the entire community and will address how we think and talk about suicide, suicide as a community health problem, and steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of suicide.

Soul Shop for Faith Leaders will be Monday, September 17, 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. This will be suicide awareness training for lay and professional leaders in faith communities to respond to persons impacted by suicidal desperation, including family and friends, develop soul-safe communities to decrease the risk of suicide, and change congregational culture around suicide. This session costs $10, which includes a boxed lunch.

Register at milledge.org/soulshop or by calling 706-354-0090 by September 13.

Madeline Van Dyck, Parish Nurse at First Presbyterian Church of Athens states, “Last summer, I went to Atlanta to attend Soul Shop’s all-day conference for faith leaders at the recommendation of two members of my church’s staff. And by the end of that day, I understood why they encouraged me to go. The workshop boldly took on the mystery of suicidal desperation and the heartache that surrounds it. The presenter and the materials were able to frame for me a new understanding of the hold suicide has on a soul and a crucial new step we all need to take to address desperation’s call. I’m excited to help bring this training opportunity to the Athens community.”

Soul Shop is co-sponsored by Milledge Avenue Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church of Athens and made possible by a grant form the Milledge Avenue Baptist Church Foundation.

Register at milledge.org/soulshop or by calling 706-354-0090 by September 13.

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