SAFETALK train

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

A DATE has been set for the next safeTALK train­ing ses­sion, which could po­ten­tially pre­pare you to save a life.

SafeTALK is a half-day pre­sen­ta­tion to in­crease sui­cide aware­ness; the pro­gram alerts com­mu­nity mem­bers to signs that a per­son may be con­sid­er­ing sui­cide.

It ac­knowl­edges that while most peo­ple at risk of sui­cide sig­nal their dis­tress and in­vite help, th­ese in­ter­ven­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties are of­ten over­looked.

Par­tic­i­pants learn to recog­nise when some­one may have thoughts of sui­cide and to re­spond in ways that link them with fur­ther sui­cide in­ter­ven­tion help.

Sui­cide alert helpers con­trib­ute to a sui­cide safe com­mu­nity.

safeTalk par­tic­i­pants will be bet­ter pre­pared to recog­nise that in­vi­ta­tions to help are of­ten over­looked, move be­yond com­mon ten­den­cies to miss, dis­miss and avoid sui­cide, no­tice and re­spond to sit­u­a­tions in which thoughts of sui­cide may be present, ap­ply ba­sic TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Lis­ten and Keep­Safe) and con­nect the per­son with thoughts of sui­cide to sui­cide first aid help and fur­ther com­mu­nity re­sources.

Sui­cide alert com­mu­nity mem­bers are bet­ter pre­pared to be a vi­tal link in con­nect­ing per­sons at risk with fur­ther help.

The next train­ing date is Tues­day Septem­ber 10 from 3pm 6.30pm at the Cot­tage Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The cost is free thanks to the Moss­man Ro­tary Club, but gold coin do­na­tions are in­vited for af­ter­noon tea.

RSVP for cater­ing pur­poses Life­line and Unit­ingCare Com­mu­nity on 4050 4955 or email Katie.Cole@uc­com­mu­nity.org.au

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