The Murrumbidgee Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Initiative and Latrobe Valley and Bass Coast Suicide Prevention - Community Training aims to increase the number of people who have suicide prevention skills that enables them to immediately support, respond to and refer people experiencing suicidal crisis to appropriate, professional support. 

These initiatives work alongside community champions and advocates helping to build a network of community members who are more willing, able and prepared to support someone during a time of suicidal crisis.

All training is available free of charge.

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Training programs

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

QPR is a three-hour workshop that through three simple steps (Question, Persuade, Refer) can teach anyone to help save a life from suicide. The interactive workshops looks at some of the myths around suicide, how to recognise warning signs, what questions to ask to support understanding and how to refer to appropriate support services.

Offered in NSW and VIC

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is a two-day, interactive workshop in suicide first aid. The workshop helps teach participants to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them on a plan to help keep them safe. The workshop has a strong focus on a support model that includes active listening, recognising warning signs, safety planning and referral pathways. ASIST is open to anyone in the community who would like to feel more prepared on how to apply suicide first aid at a time when someone may need it the most.

Offered in NSW and VIC

Deadly Thinking

Deadly Thinking is delivered by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.

It is a one-day social, emotional well-being and suicide prevention program specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, confronting core social and emotional well-being issues in a culturally safe and appropriate way. Deadly Thinking utilises artwork to encourage group discussion around issues such anxiety, depression, suicide and its warning signs, alcohol and substance abuse, violence and grief. The workshop also has a strong focus on identifying people to yarn/ talk to, finding strength in culture and family, connection to country, and guided meditation.

Offered in NSW only

Need more information?

VIC - Latrobe and Bass Coast
Michelle Debenham, Coordinator - Suicide Prevention
03 5622 4106 or mdebenham@wellways.org

NSW - Murrumbidgee region
Fran Godde, Suicide Prevention Community Development Coordinator
02 5925 2911 or fgodde@wellways.org

Need urgent assistance?

Dial 000 or go to a hospital emergency department

  • Wellways Helpline 1300 111 500 (Monday to Friday 9am-9pm, excluding public holidays)
  • Lifeline (24 hours) 13 11 14
  • MensLine 1300 78 99 78
  • Suicide Call Back Service (24 hours) 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
  • Murrumbidgee Accessline 1800 800 944 (available in the Murrumbidgee region only)

Gatekeeper training is jointly funded by the Australian Government and NSW Government.

Suicide Prevention - Community Training is jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Government of Victoria.