This 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.
Question, Persuade, Refer 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 look 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.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 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.
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.
If you live in the Murrumbidgee region of New South Wales or in the Latrobe and Bass Coast region of Victoria, you can access this training.
All training is available free of charge.
If you or someone you know are having suicidal thoughts, please talk to someone. The following services are available to you and to family members, carers and friends:
Suicide Call back Service - 1300 659 467
Free, confidential, support 24/7 from trained specialist counsellors (national)
Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
Free, confidential support 24/7 for young people under 25 (national)
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Free, confidential support 24/7 13 11 14 for people (national)
Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636
Free, confidential support from trained specialist counsellors 24/7
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.