Plans for sec­ond work­shop

The Western Star - - NEWS -

THE South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice’s Au­gust sui­cide preven­tion work­shop proved so suc­cess­ful in Roma that an­other is to be held next month.

The SWHHS has part­nered with Liv­ing Works Aus­tralia to de­liver the two-day Ap­plied Sui­cide In­ter­ven­tion Skills Train­ing (ASIST) work­shop at Roma on Novem­ber 15–16.

SWHHS re­gional ad­ver­sity co-or­di­na­tor Gavin Jo­han­nesen said 28 peo­ple had par­tic­i­pated in the Au­gust work­shop, with many oth­ers reg­is­ter­ing in­ter­est in the course but not be­ing able to at­tend in Au­gust.

“As a re­sult, we will be host­ing this sec­ond work­shop in Novem­ber, for those who missed out on the Au­gust work­shop and any­one else who is in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing,” Mr Jo­han­nesen said.

The work­shop will show peo­ple how to iden­tify and sup­port a per­son con­tem­plat­ing self-harm of any kind, as well as how to link them with fur­ther pro­fes­sional sup­port.

“Many peo­ple don’t know what to say to a per­son with sui­ci­dal thoughts,” Mr Jo­han­nesen said.

“Most peo­ple with thoughts of sui­cide don’t truly want to die, but are strug­gling with pain in their lives.

“We will ed­u­cate the public to recog­nise these sit­u­a­tions and take ac­tion by con­nect­ing with life­sav­ing in­ter­ven­tion re­sources, in­clud­ing psy­chol­o­gists and men­tal health work­ers and ser­vices.”

Mr Jo­han­nesen said more than 80,000 peo­ple al­ready had at­tended ASIST work­shops in Aus­tralia.

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