Conversations about Suicide training for Glenorchy community

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MENTAL Health Families and Friends Tasmania, together with Mental Health Council Tasmania and Bec Thomas from Rising Kind, delivered Mental Health First Aid ‘Conversations About Suicide’ training for the Glenorchy community.

Data from the Tasmanian Population Health Survey reveals more than one in 10 (11 per cent) of Tasmanians experience high or very high levels of psychological distress.

Poor mental health can lead to suicidal thoughts, as can interpersonal stressors such as relationship breakdown, family conflict or job loss, or chronic pain or illness.

It is crucial that everyday people in our community are aware of the risk factors and warning signs that someone may be suicidal, feel confident in directly asking someone if they are thinking about ending their life and know when, where and how to link people to professional help.

The training was facilitated by Rising Kind founder and acting Mayor of Glenorchy Bec Thomas, with participants receiving a Conversations About Suicide guidebook and a Certificate of Completion.

Ms Thomas found Rising Kind in early 2019, with the aim of promoting mental health and increasing the reach of MHFA and suicide prevention training among everyday people in local communities.

She has seen firsthand how Conversations About Suicide training not only changes people’s attitudes, but also their willingness and ability to help.

She said the training provided long lasting knowledge and skills to participants and is proven to reduce stigma and increase help-giving behaviours.

“Evaluations show that participants are more likely to help and support others experiencing suicidal thoughts as a result of the training.

“They also commonly pass on their knowledge and skills to others, more broadly increasing understanding of suicidal thoughts and behaviours and reducing judgement and fear.

“We all have a role to play in suicide prevention and Conversations About Suicide training empowers people to save lives – like CPR for the mind.

“It also raises awareness of the local services available to help people experiencing suicidal thoughts and how to link people to these services.”

The four and a half hour training course covered myths and facts about suicide, risk factors and warning signs, and the action plan for assisting someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts.

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