NA­TIONAL SUI­CIDE PREVEN­TION DAY FEA­TURE

Sunday Territorian - - NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY FEATURE -

MORE than 3000 Aus­tralians die by sui­cide each year. This is a huge num­ber, more than dou­ble the na­tional road toll.

For ev­ery sui­cide, there are trau­matic im­pacts on friends, fam­i­lies, col­leagues and the broader com­mu­nity.

“The World Sui­cide Preven­tion Day theme is ‘Take a Minute, Change a Life’,” Angli­care NT chief ex­ec­u­tive Dave Pugh said.

“We know sui­cide can be pre­vented, and it is not only pro­fes­sion­als that can help. Ev­ery­one can play a part in cre­at­ing a sui­cide safer com­mu­nity.”

Angli­care NT of­fers sui­cide in­ter­ven­tion and aware­ness train­ing, pro­vides youth men­tal health ser­vices through headspace Dar­win, and works to de­velop a com­mu­nity that knows how to ask for and give help.

Headspace Dar­win, based at Ca­sua­r­ina, pro­vides early in­ter­ven­tion men­tal health ser­vices to 12-25 year olds, along with as- sis­tance in pro­mot­ing young peo­ples’ well­be­ing.

The Top End Sui­cide In­ter­ven­tion Aware­ness Train­ing pro­gram pro­vides and coordinates sui­cide in­ter­ven­tion and aware­ness train­ing across the Top End of the Northern Ter­ri­tory.

The pro­gram of­fers both the skills based Liv­ingWorks Ap­plied Sui­cide In­ter­ven­tion Skills Train­ing and a half day Sui­cide Aware­ness ses­sion — SafeTALK. Train­ing is pro­vided in ur­ban, re­gional and re­mote lo­ca­tions.

ASIST and SafeTALK are ev­i­dence based pro­grams founded on the prin­ci­ple that ev­ery­one can make a difference in pre­vent­ing sui­cide. Train­ing peo­ple in sui­cide in­ter­ven­tion and rais­ing aware­ness helps build the ca­pac­ity of com­mu­ni­ties to re­spond to this risk. Train­ing also gives peo­ple prac­ti­cal skills and hope that they can make a difference.

Angli­care NT has pre­sented train­ing work­shops since 1998 and has trained over 6000 peo­ple from a wide range of back­grounds in­clud­ing pro­fes­sion­als, vol­un­teers and gen­eral com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“Angli­care NT has been recog­nised for the way it has worked with in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties and pre­sen­ters to adopt these in­ter­na­tional ap­proaches to bet­ter sup­port Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Pugh said. “Sui­cide af­fects all com­mu­ni­ties, how­ever par­ticu- lar pop­u­la­tion groups such as Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties, peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues and mem­bers of the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity ex­pe­ri­ence greater rates of sui­cide. “Angli­care NT is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing these com­mu­ni­ties so that all peo­ple can look for­ward to a qual­ity of life.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Angli­care NT’s ser­vices and ASIST train­ing dates, visit the web­site angli­care-nt.org.au or phone 08 8985 0000.

Sui­cide takes a ter­ri­ble toll, with more than 3000 Aus­tralians dy­ing at their own hand each year

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