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First Lady Jeannette Kagame Attends Workshop In California On Suicide Prevention

First Lady Jeannette Kagame on Sunday afternoon joined Saddleback church and the surrounding community in Orange County, California, for the ‘Hope for Mental Health Community’ workshop.

The workshop focused on suicide prevention, as September is suicide awareness month.

‘Hope for Mental Health Community’ monthly workshops bring together around 300 Saddleback community members to discuss various topics surrounding  Mental Health.

Dan Adams, the Director of Training from Sources of Strength, a globally recognized suicide prevention program in Colorado, made a presentation and broke down practical methods of preventing suicide.Most suicide prevention presentations are geared to crisis responses (which are certainly needed), but Adams illustrated how a positive, proactive, and upstream approach to care using social networks can ultimately prevent bullying, substance misuse and suicide.

He also explained how being in a network of positive attributes can help spread useful and meaningful measures that tame possibilities of suicide tendencies.

Addressing the  Saddleback community, the First Lady Jeannette thanked Kay Warren, Pastor Rick Warren’s spouse, for the invitation to join this month’s conversation, to learn how to deal with mental health issues, which are often suffered in silence.She also thanked  Pastor Rick Warren and Kay Warren for standing by the nation and people of Rwanda during its most difficult times.

The First Lady expressed gratitude for Rwanda’s ability to navigate its diverse challenges and being where it is today, through the grace of God.

President Kagame (R), Jeannette Kagame (C) and Pastor Warren (L) during the Purpose Driven Leadership Gathering at the Kigali Convention Centre in July 2019.

You can follow the event via this link below



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