Would you recognise the signs that someone is thinking about suicide? Would you hear the ‘tell’ in their language, the ‘telling’ that they are considering taking action to end their life? It is a confronting topic. Would you know what to do and how to get help?
Sadly, after the year we have just had, and for the years coming, I believe this mentalhealth skill is as important as knowing how to render physical first aid.
There are a number of Suicide Prevention training programs on offer. Thanks to @RUOK, I recently attended a very good one, safeTALK, offered by @LivingWorks. It is a 4 hour program with a simple effective model, TALK, and most importantly, the workshop is a safe place to understand when and how to say, and practice, the words: ‘Are you thinking about suicide?’. And of course, what to do next.
I don’t usually recommend one course over another but this one was good and will add an essential skill in your toolbox of life. https://www.livingworks.com.au
May I also suggest you keep some phone numbers in your phone so it’s always easy to share: Lifeline 13 11 14; Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467.
You can also call these numbers if you need advice about what to do to render help.
???? Do you know what to listen for and what to do?