Suicide workshop to be held
Seminar will provide practical intervention instruction
For the first time in Alexandra a seminar will be hosted to provide training in suicide intervention. Supporting Families Central Otago branch manager Greg Dobson said suicide was a ‘‘very real’’ issue in our society. ‘‘Families and communities alike are left devastated by a suicide, many months or even years will pass before people can move on or ever come to terms with the event,’’ Mr Dobson said. In conjunction with Lifeline Aotearoa, Supporting Families Central Otago will host a two-day training workshop next week. ‘‘The programme is aimed at helping participants to recognise when a person needs support and knowing how to help the person stay safe and get connected to further support,’’ Mr Dobson said. Participants will learn how to provide practical help to people with thoughts of suicide. The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) claims to be the most widely used training internationally, teaching trainees how to help an at-risk person in a meaningful way, ensur- ing they stay suicide-safe while offering a range of support options. If you think you or someone you know may be thinking about suicide you can contact the helpline on 0800 211 211.
Suicide a real issue: Supporting Families Central Otago branch manager Greg Dobson.