Training workshop helps boost suicide prevention

Twelve Monash Health employees took part in an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop last week, joining more than 1 million others around the world who are focused on reducing the incidence of suicide.

The ASIST workshop follows a number of recent initiatives across Monash Health to promote mental health, including World Suicide Prevention Day and RU OK? Day activities, and the development of online mental health and wellbeing training programs (in collaboration with the Black Dog Institute).

Monash Health employees Shelley Black and Ivana Vargovic – who are qualified LivingWorks* trainers – facilitated the ASIST workshop. In these sessions, people learned to apply a suicide intervention model, which helps caregivers recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide.

The model then explored how to connect with them in ways that understand and clarify that risk, increase their immediate safety and link them with further help. More than 80,000 people in Australia have attended ASIST, which is available in all states and territories.

To celebrate World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October, a main event will be held at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton – Lecture Theatre 1, 12.30-1.30pm (a light lunch will be held prior to the event from 12.00-12.30pm). More details will be revealed soon!

*LivingWorks Australia is a suicide intervention training company that trains community helpers of all kinds to work in this intervention context.

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