Training the community to recognise and respond to suicidality
What do we know?
Many people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts communicate distress through their words or actions but these warning signs may be missed or misinterpreted. Training can provide people with the knowledge and skills to identify warning signs that someone may be suicidal, talk to them about suicidal thoughts and connect them with professional care.
By building a network of ‘helpers’ in our community we will strengthen our local safety net. Some people are natural helpers in the community while others provide help through the work they do. Everyone in the community has the potential to be a helper but the best way to reach a large number of helpers is via workplaces.
While there are many training programs that deliver skills in mental health awareness, QPR has the most and strongest evidence for building skills to help with a suicidal crisis.
What is happening?
- Using local trends in suicide to identify natural and professional helpers to target for training
- Meeting with employers to plan how training can be provided in their organisation (LifeSpan Champions can help with this)
- Delivering evidence-based training:
- Online QPR training course (with options for face-to-face training)
- Equipping helpers with local referrals and resources
- Providing ongoing support to maintain skills
- Subsidised training to aid adoption
- Establishing helper (or gatekeeper) networks to help maintain and share knowledge
Strategy Summary - Training the Community
This brochure provides community members with a summary of the evidence, what is happening and how you can get involved.
Research Summary - Training the Community
This document provides a detailed summary of the evidence covering why the strategy is included in LifeSpan, evidence supporting the interventions recommended by LifeSpan, and how this strategy will be evaluated as part of the LifeSpan NSW Research trial.