Work­shop to help save lives

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

An in­ter­na­tional trainer, au­thor, ther­a­pist and per­for­mance coach is head­ing south to train peo­ple work­ing in the men­tal health sec­tor on sui­cide pre­ven­tion.

John Hen­den, of the United King­dom, will host a one-day work­shop in In­ver­cargill, called Pre­vent­ing Sui­cide: The So­lu­tion Fo­cused Ap­proach, at As­cot Park Ho­tel on Fe­bru­ary 12.

Hen­den has worked within men­tal health ser­vices as prac­ti­tioner and a man­ager, and has a back­ground in psy­chol­ogy, is a qual­i­fied coun­sel­lor and a mem­ber of the Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Coun­selling and Psy­chother­apy.

Loss and Grief cen­tre direc­tor Caro­line Loo in­vited Hen­den to the re­gion be­cause of alarm­ing rates of sui­cide.

‘‘We are very aware of the high rates for South­land and are work­ing with lo­cal groups to help sup­port our youth more. This work­shop op­por­tu­nity was very timely.

‘‘Our trust is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing world class train­ing to our com­mu­nity each year and when we heard John was re­turn­ing to New Zealand we were ex­cited to be able to pro­vide this for South­land.

‘‘Feed­back from last year’s course held in Dunedin had been so pos­i­tive,’’ she said.

‘‘There are still spa­ces avail­able and we wel­come any­one work­ing with vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the men­tal health sec­tor to reg­is­ter and es­pe­cially so­cial work­ers, coun­sel­lors, doc­tors, nurses, SDHB staff, po­lice, drop in staff, cri­sis helplines, vol­un­tary bod­ies or in­di­vid­ual coun­sel­lors.’’

Hen­den said the sub­ject of sui­cide pre­ven­tion was close to home for him. ‘‘I have my own lived ex­pe­ri­ence of sui­cide, and dur­ing my time in for­mal UK men­tal health ser­vices was an ac­ces­sory to the fact of about 20 sui­cides. That is, I was a mem­ber of teams who were sup­posed to be treat­ing and car­ing for this num­ber who died by sui­cide.’’

In the past 20 years, Hen­den has worked with sur­vivors of trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing armed rob­bery, near-death ex­pe­ri­ences, rape, road traf­fic ac­ci­dents, sud­den death, abuse, chronic de­pres­sion, schizoaf­fec­tive states and mil­i­tary com­bat.

This is the first train­ing for the year for the Loss and Grief Cen­tre, but in May staff from the Auck­land Grief Cen­tre will be in the re­gion for train­ing with Tricia Hendry, an au­thor and long-time grief ad­vo­cate.

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