Hello to everyone, I have been very busy since my last article delivering suicide awareness training in our local schools and at the Christchurch University in Canterbury. I have also been on the local community’s radio with KMFM discussing self-harming and mental health issues are going to be tackled. This really encouraged me that there are so many people wanting to help others who are struggling with life, so everyone needs to know they do not have to struggle alone.
I have been invited to meet with some of the Student Life team to deliver some of this invaluable training which I am looking forward to doing. The three Levels that I can deliver are as follows and it would be great if we can get as many people trained up to make Ipswich a safer community.
First Level is called suicideTALK this is a 90-minute workshop and is a real gentle approach of being able to use the word Suicide in a comfortable, respectful and caring manner.
The second workshop is the second level safeTALK, this is a three and a half hour workshop which gives you the skills to recognize that a person might be having thoughts of suicide, engaging them in direct and open talk about suicide and then able to connect them with someone who is able to do a suicide intervention.
Leading on from that workshop some people may want to be able to have the skills to complete a suicide first aid intervention and this is where ASIST can be offered, “Applied suicide intervention skills training”. This is a two-day course. Over the two days you gain all the skills to complete a suicide intervention.
With all of the training each candidate receives a certificate in the level they are trained in.
A fourth piece of training is suicide to hope this is a session on how to make a safe plan for the person who has had thoughts of suicide, but wants to live.
I am really looking forward to being able to deliver some of this training to you and hope to see you in the New Year.