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Managing Psychological Distress and Suicide Risk

Develop your understanding, skills and confidence to recognise and care for people experiencing psychological distress or who may be at risk of suicide



This workshop will explore current information about suicide risk in New Zealand. Participants will develop their understanding, skills and confidence to recognise and care for people experiencing psychological distress or who may be at risk of suicide. Learn how to apply support plans for at-risk people and develop office protocols for the management of mental health and suicide crises. 

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Understand mental health problems commonly associated with suicide 

  • Understand risk and protective factors for suicide and identify high-risk population groups

  • Understand best practices for crisis intervention and postvention support

  • Apply evidence-based depression and suicide risk screening tools

  • Apply support/safety plans including counselling about access to lethal means

  • Develop office protocols for management of mental health and suicide crises.

Let's Get Real

  • Working with People Experiencing Mental Health and Addiction Needs

  • Working with Whānau

  • Working within Communities

  • Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Dr Annette Beautrais


Annette is New Zealand's most experienced suicidologist, an academic who has been studying suicide research and prevention, and teaching about suicide prevention for the past 27 years. She has worked in New Zealand and internationally, has published extensively and has won international awards for her research. Annette is Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, and Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the South Canterbury DHB. In addition, she works as an educator and consultant to a range of organisations, and runs training programmes in suicide prevention throughout the country. Annette has worked with the World Health Organisation and served on the board of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Five 
Subsidised Rate: Check if you are eligible here. Tick applicable box when registering to apply discount
Early Bird Discount: $10 discount is available on registrations made up to 8 weeks before the workshop date (automatically applied at checkout)
Catering: Refreshments and light lunch provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Workshops may be moved to online delivery due to changes in Covid-19 alert levels.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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