Mental Health Education and Resource Centre

Suicide Prevention Education Programme

A five day, intensive Winter School of our popular Suicide Prevention Education Programme. This will run from Monday 9 July through to Friday 13 July, 8:30am - 5:00pm. Attendance at all sessions is compulsory.


Improve your knowledge and gain confidence when providing support and assistance for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. This fully funded programme is a great opportunity for those who work in health, education or social service professions. Please note, this programme is for people working in contact with vulnerable individuals or at risk populations. These workshops are not intended as a forum to discuss personal issues or experiences.

The programme will cover the following topics:

9 July 2018, 8:30am - 5:00pm
•  Introduction, language, epidemiology, definitions, statistics and myths
•  Theories and history of suicide
•  Risk and protective factors for suicidal behaviour
•  Policy implications and national directives
•  Multi-level (systems) approaches to suicide prevention 

10 July 2018, 8:30am - 5:00pm
•  High risk groups 1 - youth
•  School-based suicide prevention - best practice
•  High risk groups 2 - older adults
•  High risk groups 3 - maori, pasifika, other ethnicities
•  High risk groups 4 - rural people

11 July 2018, 8:30am - 5:00pm
•  Gender differences in suicidal behaviours - men, women, GLBTIQ
•  Non suicidal self injuries (NSSI)
•  Comorbidity
•  Suicide and occupation
•  Media reporting about suicide and public health messaging
•  Suicide clusters and contagion 

12 July 2018, 8:30am - 5:00pm
•  The role and work of DHB/PHO suicide prevention coordinators
•  Emergency departments and suicide prevention    
•  Suicide risk screening and assessment
•  Safety planning
•  Public health approaches to suicide prevention 

13 July 2018, 8:30am - 5:00pm
•  Brief interventions and E-health initiatives
•  Suicide bereavement and postvention (support after a suicide)
•  Ethical considerations
•  Suicide and disasters
•  Stress and self-care - first responders, suicide workers, care workers
•  Other specific topics as requested by participants     

Catering: Light refreshments will be provided for morning and afternoon tea.

Please Note: Free/Funded Workshop Cancellation Fees and Non-Attendance
Due to the high demand of this free programme, if you are no longer able to attend, please contact MHERC by 22 June 2018 so your place can be offered to someone on the wait list. A fee of $47.50 will be charged to registrants who cancel less than 10 working days before the first day of the programme. Registrant's must be able to attend all five days of the programme.

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