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This one-day workshop provides clinical staff and those working in community roles with practical responses when they encounter a person who is distressed or at risk of suicide.
The workshop provides training in the basic skills that are needed to provide a quick assessment, an appropriate response / referral and, where relevant, provide the person with hope and encouragement to access ongoing support. This workshop will be interactive - attendees can practice some skills in a safe learning environment.
Over the years, we have been asked by many people in clinical and community positions to provide training in these basic skills. Early recognition of distress, early intervention and prompt referral to appropriate help are actions which can save lives and prevent suffering. We are building a whole new workforce of people in the community who are equipped with the skills to meet an immediate need confidently and provide support to people who are distressed or suicidal until they can be connected with a mental health professional.
About Dr Annette Beautrais
Dr Annette Beautrais has worked in suicide research, prevention and education in New Zealand and internationally for 30 years. She has published extensively, and won awards for her research. At present she works part-time as Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator with the South Canterbury DHB, based in Timaru, teaches workshops in suicide risk mitigation, and implements programmes in wellbeing and suicide prevention in a range of workplaces.
The Responding to Distress and Suicide Risk workshop is worth 20 points/6.5 hours CPD