Suicide Prevention Training
Improving mental health literacy and developing skills to better recognise and support vulnerable people is an important part of suicide prevention . The Mental Health Commission encourages individuals and organisations to access accredited mental health and suicide prevention training programs. These training programs include:
- Mental Health First Aid. Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. The 12-hour MHFA course is run over two days and aims to improve mental health literacy across a range of mental health conditions. There are specific programs for teenagers, young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and some ethnic communities.
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) The ASIST workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop.
- Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training. Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention training is a two day workshop designed for professionals and para-professionals in the human services whose roles bring them into regular contact with people at risk of suicide. It aims to increase knowledge and understanding of suicidal behaviour in order to increase participant’s capacity to respond effectively to those in need. For more information on Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention workshops near you please contact GatekeeperTraining Enquiries@mhc.wa.gov.au.
If you are an accredited gatekeeper Suicide Prevention facilitator and wish to register a workshop, please click here.