Tue, Dec 07

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Zoom Webinar

Suicidal Bruises: Helping those who have lost hope in our kink communities

COMMUNITY EVENT: The devastation from hopelessness and suicide is deeply felt in our kink community. Our hope for this community event is to equip participants to return to their communities with freshly inspired engagements with healing, hope, and preventative approaches to mental health.

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Suicidal Bruises: Helping those who have lost hope in our kink communities

Time & Location

Dec 07, 2021, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

About The Event

WINTER 2021

Suicidal Bruises: Helping those who have lost hope in our kink communities

TASHRA Community Event

Live Online Workshop

2 hours

December 7th, 5pm - 7pm Pacific Standard Time

Suicidal thoughts and memories may be a year-round experience, and those who feel “othered” may find the holidays doubly difficult. The devastation from hopelessness and suicide is deeply felt in our kink community.  As highlighted in Dr. Sprott and Dr. Randall’s 2016 Kink Health Survey, there is significantly higher incidence of past suicide among kink community members. Read more from this research here. For more kink health related research, visit kinkhealth.org. This community-based training seeks to empower community members to address these devastating concerns.

This event will start with a brief discussion of higher incidence of suicide in kink communities, risk and protective factors, and what community members can do to help suicidal peers in the kink communities. Our hope for this community event is to equip participants to return to their communities with freshly inspired engagements with healing, hope, and preventative approaches to mental health.

Goals of this event:

  1. Raise awareness about the impact of suicide within our kink communities
  2. Brainstorm community responses to suicidality within kink, queer, and LGBTQ+ communities

Format: This event will include presentation based off of research and other scientific information. We will also include pre-planned Q&A with answers collected from participants. There will be potential for small breakout sessions.

Cost: At TASHRA we work to make our educational opportunities accessible to kink interested people. We will be offering 3 ticket options, on a donation based scale. $5 tickets will be available for low-income participants and students. $10 and $25 tickets are available for individuals who would like to donate to TASHRA’s efforts.

Instructor Bios:

Richard Sprott:

Richard Sprott received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1994. His early work was on social and language development in early childhood. Throughout the 1980s, he conducted program evaluations for educational programs for migrant farmworker families and worked in other areas of migrant farmworker education. As a researcher he has examined in detail the relationship between

professional identity development and the development of professional ethics in medical doctors, ministers and teachers, and professional identity development in emerging fields of work. He is currently directing research projects focused on identity development and health/well-being in people who express alternative sexualities and non-traditional relationships, with a special emphasis on kink/BDSM sexuality, and polyamory or consensual non-monogamy. He is the President of the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Division 44) for 2021-2022. He is also the co-author of Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and Communities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Along with Dr. Elisabeth