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Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) Training
Black Dog and LifeSpan hosted a YAM training week in Sydney in December. Eight instructors from Sweden and the USA came to train 32 facilitators from NSW, South Australia and Western Australia in the YAM program. YAM is being delivered to all Year 9 students in mainstream public high schools and as many independent and Catholic schools as possible in our four NSW trial sites as part of the LifeSpan systems approach to suicide prevention. LifeSpan is also working to make YAM available to Commonwealth trial sites.
Young people can be particularly vulnerable to mental health problems, self-harm or suicide. Schools are keen to support their students but often don’t know how to choose quality programs or integrate programs with other student wellbeing activities and referral pathways. YAM is designed to raise awareness about suicidality and the factors that protect against it. It works by improving mental health literacy and explicitly teaching the skills necessary for coping with adverse life events and stress, so that young people get help before reaching crisis point. YAM has the strongest evidence-base of school programs reviewed including the best outcomes specific to suicidal behaviour, and the flexibility to be integrated into many school environments.
Participants were drawn from the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education Wollongong, SA and WA Education Departments, as well as a range of independent providers. Instructors have professional expertise in schools, as counsellors, wellbeing advisors or teachers, as well as expertise in the community as youth workers, clinicians, and community mental health presenters. These diverse professional backgrounds lead to two dynamic groups filled with exchange of experiences and opinions.
The Black Dog Institute has a close collaboration with Mental Health in Mind (MHiM), the developers of the YAM program, and we look forward to continuing the partnership and uptake of YAM in Australia.
Panel discussion: Towards best practice care for suicidal crisis in the Emergency Department
Please note that this event has been postponed. The new date will be advised as soon as possible.
Integrated suicide-related crisis and follow-up care in Emergency Departments and other acute settings
Evidence suggests that effective crisis and follow-up care in Emergency Departments and other acute care settings is key to reducing suicide rates. However, resourcing, capacity and available skill-mix create significant and ongoing barriers to successful implementation. Join our panel of researchers, clinicians and consumers as we explore optimal strategies for both regional and urban acute care settings and discuss how these strategies can be implemented within the current environment.
About the guidelines
Integrated suicide-related crisis and follow-up care in Emergency Departments and other acute settings are a series of recommended strategies and and an accompanying clinical implementation guide. These have been produced by the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan initiative in collaboration with leading clinicians and those with a lived experience of suicide attempt. The recommendations form a central part of one of the nine LifeSpan strategies that, when implemented simultaneously, could reduce suicide by up to 20% and suicide attempts by up to 30%.
LifeSpan trial site staff, emergency department health professionals, hospital managers and administrators, mental health nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, acute care psychologists
- Suicide prevention
- Emergency Department policy and guidelines
- Lived experience framework
- Learn and share with other health professionals
- Gain access to expertise, clinical knowledge and insights from our highly experienced panel
Choose to attend in person in Sydney or join the live stream – register online now
|NSW||Live stream or Hospital Road Randwick NSW 2031||Postponed - new date to be advised||06 PM-07:30 PM||Free|