Plans for second workshop
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.