Right now, what will keep you safe?

2016-02-19_15-26-30By guest blogger – Sue Ann Atkerson, LPC

I’m sitting in RI International’s third-ever ASIST training with eighteen employees from across our Arizona programs.   We don’t know what to expect, but our facilitators Mike Zeeb (pictured left) and Terrence Smithers quickly put us at ease:  not only are we going to learn how to confidently help a person at risk of suicide, but we are about to join the ranks of the more than 1,000,000 people who have been trained worldwide.  ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is one of the most widely-used, evidence-based suicide intervention programs in the world. Read more

Pursuing an Ambitious New Zero Target in the UK

IMG_2554Clean, clear blue sky. I snapped this picture of the iconic London skyscraper known as the Shard last week, a rare one as it lacks the ubiquitous jam of black taxis, big red buses and cars crawling through the streets. But, it evokes what might be.

What would the UK capital look like if it ran on 100% clean energy? Recently, it became clear that London will in fact miss its first target for incremental improvement. The think-tank IPPR challenged mayoral candidates that it was time to get serious: Read more