Sui­cide work­shop to be held

Sem­i­nar will pro­vide prac­ti­cal in­ter­ven­tion in­struc­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

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.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627654985

Sui­cide a real is­sue: Sup­port­ing Fam­i­lies Cen­tral Otago branch man­ager Greg Dob­son.

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