A free one-day workshop will be held in Roma on 26 February to give participants the skills to support those bereaved or impacted by suicide.

The South West Hospital and Health Service has partnered with StandBy Support After Suicide to deliver the workshop, which will be held at the Justin King Centre in Feather St in Roma from 9 am to 3 pm on 26 February.

South West HHS Regional Adversity Coordinator Gavin Johannesen said the workshop would deliver a range of strategies and information on how to support people impacted by suicide.

He said some of the topics to be covered included:

  • Postvention
  • What is suicide and its impacts
  • Crisis, trauma and grief
  • What makes it different from other sudden
  • Deaths
  • Work through a case scenario to determine
  •  How the community may respond
  • Self-Care

Mr Johannesen said StandBy was recognised as Australia’s leading suicide postvention program, dedicated to helping people and communities impacted by suicide

“The workshop is designed for anyone in the community who is interested in becoming suicide alert and wants to be part of a suicide-safer community,’’ he said.

“Out of every suicide, we know that up to 80 people can be affected through the death.

“But many people just don’t know what to say to a person who has been impacted by suicide.

“This workshop will help give participants the tools and skills to provide support or direct an impacted person to appropriate professional support services.’’

Mr Johannesen said the free workshop would include a lunch and morning tea.

For more information, or to register, phone 0429 147 491 or email: standbynational@unitedsynergies.com.au

Media professionals are reminded of the Mindframe for media professionals resources in relation to the sensitive and responsible reporting of suicide and mental illness. Please refer to http://www.mindframemedia.info/for-media

For further information contact:

James Guthrie

Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld

Media and Communication

Department of Health

(07) 3708 5379