Mental Health Education and Resource Centre

Suicide Prevention Education Programme - Dunedin

A five day, Suicide Prevention Education Programme funded by WellSouth. This will be held over the following dates: Tuesday 11 September, Thursday 20 September, Friday 21 September, Thursday 27 September and Friday 28 September, from 8:30am - 4:30pm. Attendance at all sessions is compulsory. Maximum numbers have now been reached, workshop is full. If you are interested in attending please register your interest now and you will be placed on a waiting list.


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.

Please Note: Maximum numbers have now been reached, workshop is full. If you are interested in attending please register your interest now and you will  be placed on a waiting list.

The programme will include the following topics:

•  Introduction
•  Theories and history of suicide
•  Risk and protective factors 
•  Policy implications and national directives
•  Multi-level (systems) approaches to suicide prevention 
•  High risk groups 1 - youth
•  High risk groups 2 - older adults
•  High risk groups 3 - maori, pasifika, other ethnicities
•  High risk groups 4 - rural people
•  Gender differences 
•  Self injury
•  Comorbidity
•  Suicide and occupation
•  Media reporting and public health messaging
•  Suicide clusters and contagion 
•  Emergency departments and suicide prevention    
•  Suicide risk screening and assessment
•  Safety planning
•  Public health approaches to suicide prevention
•  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 topics as requested by participants     

Refreshments: Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Onsite Snowline Cafe will be open to participants.

Please Note: Free/Funded Workshop by WellSouth - 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 21 August 2018 so your place can be offered to someone on the wait list. A fee will be charged to registrants who cancel less than 15 working days before the first day of the programme. Registrant's must be able to attend all five days of the programme.