Responding to Distress and Suicide Risk

A workshop for providers in Public Facing Roles

Responding to Distress and Suicide Risk - A workshop for providers in Public Facing Roles

Covid-19 Alert level changes

We are actively following Ministry of Health advice relating to COVID-19 levels and our team will contact those registered for events which may have changes in delivery.

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.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Know up-to-date information about suicide risk in New Zealand
  • Understand the mental health problems commonly associated with suicide
  • Understand risk and protective factors for suicide, and identify and understand which population groups are at high risk for suicide
  • Recognize indications of distress and suicide risk
  • Apply evidence-based depression and suicide risk screening tools
  • Develop and use individual safety plans appropriate to local pathways of care
  • Provide counselling about access to lethal means of suicide
  • Understand best practices for crisis intervention
  • Be aware of the need for self-care
  • Know local pathways of care, and local and relevant national resources.

Who should attend

  • Medical staff / clinicians / pharmacists / support staff in medical settings
  • Youth workers / housing navigators / employment skills trainers / social workers 
  • Teachers / school management / school support staff 
  • GPs / practice nurses 
  • Police and Police support staff 
  • Sports coaches 
  • Clergy / Funeral directors 
  • First responders 
  • Anyone working (paid or voluntary) in a public role, who may encounter people in distress.

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

Dates & Locations

Christchurch 15 October

Venue: BreakFree on Cashel
165 Cashel Street, Christchurch

Workshop starts at 9am - 3.30pm (8.30am registrations)

Pricing and Registration

One Day Workshop

Earlybird Special - $275.00 inc GST
Standard Price - $325.00 inc GST
The Earlybird Special ends 23 September.

Registration process
Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Upon hitting the blue "Complete Booking" button, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration and you will also be a sent in a separate email a Tax Invoice showing your booking as being paid in full by Credit Card. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort on 021 066 9811 or email:

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  • The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
  • The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
  • Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Our workshops fill quickly so if you would like to reserve a place, please contact

What happens if you have to cancel?
We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

  • Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $60.00 inc GST per attendee service charge
  • If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. 

Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). 
Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.
Please note: Owing to the current COVID 19 situation and uncertainty around future COVID Alert Levels, GROW Ltd reserves the right to offer this face-to-face event via a ZOOM meeting on the dates shown due to Ministry of Health advice. Should this occur, we will advise you appropriately.
For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

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For further details, please contact:
p: 021 066 9811