On­line sui­cide preven­tion train­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - SAM TURNER sam.turner@cnbtimes.com.au

STRONG ev­i­dence shows the Covid-19 health cri­sis is prov­ing to be a dif­fi­cult time for those al­ready strug­gling with their men­tal health.

To com­bat this, the Wide Bay, Cen­tral Queens­land, Sun­shine Coast PHN is pro­vid­ing free on­line sui­cide preven­tion train­ing.

Ques­tion, Per­suade, Re­fer is a train­ing pro­gram which teaches any­one to recog­nise and re­spond to signs that may in­di­cate some­one is feel­ing sui­ci­dal.

The PHN’s Se­nior Man­ager for Men­tal Health, Al­co­hol and Other Drugs Michelle McAl­lis­ter said the dis­rup­tion to daily life as a re­sult of the coro­n­avirus made now an ideal time to learn how to help re­duce sui­cide.

“We know so­cial dis­tanc­ing mea­sures, while nec­es­sary to help flat­ten the curve, are cre­at­ing a very un­cer­tain and lonely time for many peo­ple, and a tense time for oth­ers,” Ms McAl­lis­ter said.

By learn­ing how to ques­tion, you can gain the knowl­edge and skills to iden­tify the warn­ing signs that some­one may be sui­ci­dal.

The per­suade por­tion then em­pow­ers you to en­gage in mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tion with those who may be hav­ing sui­ci­dal thoughts.

The fi­nal step in the train­ing has been de­signed so we can be­come com­fort­able build­ing the bridge be­tween ques­tion­ing and sug­gest­ing pro­fes­sional care, which may in­clude the gen­eral prac­tice set­ting as a first port of call.

Ac­cess the QPR train­ing by vis­it­ing our­phn.org.au/ pre­ventsui­cide and fol­low­ing the prompts through to “Get started”. The or­gan­i­sa­tion code is SCPHN.

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