Online suicide prevention training
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.