Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SEA TO SCARP -

Last year the Shire re­ceived fund­ing from the Men­tal Health Com­mis­sion to fa­cil­i­tate sui­cide pre­ven­tion train­ing within the com­mu­nity. The first of these train­ings was held last week, with a safeTALK work­shop de­liv­ered to Year 10 stu­dents at Waroona Dis­trict High School. safeTALK is a half-day alert­ness work­shop that pre­pares any­one over the age of 15, re­gard­less of prior ex­pe­ri­ence or train­ing, to be­come a sui­cide-alert helper. Most peo­ple with thoughts of sui­cide don’t truly want to die, but are strug­gling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and ac­tions, they in­vite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can rec­og­nize these in­vi­ta­tions and take ac­tion by con­nect­ing them with life-sav­ing in­ter­ven­tion re­sources, such as care­givers trained in ASIST. Since its de­vel­op­ment in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 coun­tries around the world, and more than 200 se­lectable video vi­gnettes have been pro­duced to tai­lor the pro­gram’s au­dio-vis­ual com­po­nent for di­verse au­di­ences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an im­por­tant part of sui­cide-safer com­mu­ni­ties, work­ing along­side in­ter­ven­tion re­sources to iden­tify and avert sui­cide risks Given the suc­cess of this work­shop, a com­mu­nity work­shop will be or­gan­ised for the near fu­ture. Watch this space!

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