Suicide Prevention education and training

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Training the community to recognise and respond to suicidality

Reaching out to someone we’re worried about is a suicide prevention action that everyone can take. The most important thing we can do after asking “are you ok?” is to listen without judgement and encourage action to increase safety, but sometimes we feel unsure about what to say or do when someone says they are “not ok”.

The good news is that there are suicide prevention education and training programs specifically designed to make sure we know what to say and do when someone may be at risk of suicide and to help us feel ready and able to have these conversations. 

Working with our community and corporate partners, we want to get 10% of working-aged adults who live or work in Newcastle skilled up, ready and confident to reach out if they see someone struggling

The evidence

The two programs with the strongest evidence for improving people’s knowledge and understanding of suicide, and increasing competence and confidence in having conversations with people we are worried about are Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

What is QPR?

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer- it is a short course designed to help people recognise the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond in an emergency mental health situation. It has been shown to increase knowledge about suicide, as well as improve skills and confidence in responding to mental health crisis situations.

There are two forms of QPR:

  • a one hour (low cost) online course
  • face-to-face, two to three hour course.

LifeSpan Newcastle are in the process of bringing QPR to Newcastle.

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What is ASIST?

ASIST is a two day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and to work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. ASIST is suitable for anyone over 16 years. No prior knowledge is required.

ASIST can only be delivered by accredited LivingWorks instructors. It is delivered locally by Lifeline Hunter Central Coast.

Find out more

To find out when ASIST courses are scheduled and to register to attend, visit the Lifeline Hunter Central Coast training page.

Contact us

Tegan Cotterill
Coordinator, LifeSpan Newcastle
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