Sui­cide pre­ven­tion course at the Le Cheile cen­tre

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Re­source Of­fice in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mal­low Com­mu­nity Health Project and Le Cheile FRC are host­ing a three hour work­shop in SakeTALK training for per­sons aged 18 years old or older who are in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing peo­ple who may be at risk to sui­cide.

The SafeTALK work­shop is an in­ter­ac­tive work­shop where par­tic­i­pants de­velop their skills through ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion and role-play. SafeTALK is de­signed to help care­givers be­come more sui­cide alert and they will learn four ba­sic steps to recog­nise per­sons with thoughts of sui­cide and con­nect them with sui­cide help­ing re­sources.

The steps in the safeTALK training in­volve gen­eral aware­ness around the topic of sui­cide, alert skills to be­come more alert to the signs of sui­cide, in­ter­ven­tion skills to in­ter­vene safely and ap­pro­pri­ately and assess­ment and man­age­ment skills of the needs of the per­son at risk.

The aim of safeTALK is to help par­tic­i­pants to be­come more sui­cide alert while the ob­jec­tives of the safeTALK training are to help par­tic­i­pants to move be­yond com­mon ten­den­cies to miss, dis­miss or avoid signs of sui­cide, iden­tify peo­ple who have thoughts of sui­cide and to ap­ply the safeTALK steps to con­nect a per­son with sui­ci­dal thoughts to peo­ple and agen­cies who can help.

SafeTALK can be chal­leng­ing at an emo­tional level and is not rec­om­mended for any­one who is feel­ing emo­tion­ally vul­ber­able. If you have been be­reaved in the last year by sui­cide in re­cent months it is rec­om­mended you do not at­tend the course at this time.

The venue for the training is Le Cheile Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre and it will be held on Tues­day, Novem­ber 21 from 10am to 1pm. To book a place on this training please con­tact Martina Daly (Mal­low Com­mu­nity Health Worker) on 086 433 5047 or email com­mu­ni­ty­health­worker@lecheile­frc.ie. Places are limited and there is no charge for this training.

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