Learn to hear a cry for help with free suicide prevention
course in Perth
Two Perth nonprofits have been overwhelmed by “intense” community interest in their offer of free training in recognising signs that a loved one might be considering suicide.
The four-hour Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person course teaches people how to see subtle signs, to approach someone they are worried about and support them in a crisis.
Its providers, Passionate Lives and Kwinana in Transition, have provided the program before but knew cost was a barrier to participation, so won funding from the City of Kwinana to offer three free workshops.
They filled the first two editions forty places in 24 hours and have now extended the invitation to wider Perth to fill the 20 places in the third workshop.
Everyone who registers interest using this link will be sent an email with the next available date; places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Passionate Lives owner-operator Trys Reddick said the signs of depression and suicide ideation could often be subtle, but being aware of what to look for, what to say and what not to say could be essential to intervention.
“We hope, with the information we share in the course, we can help save some lives,” he said.
“I have lost five people to suicide myself and it is always the same when you lose someone, you think about the last conversations you had and whether there is anything you could have done differently.
“That is why I am so passionate about this course.”
If you are considering suicide or are worried about someone you love right now, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.