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Suicide Prevention for Seniors Program – Register your organisation's interest

Would you know what to do if an older person you support was having thoughts of suicide?

This program is delivered by Anglicare and is suited to anyone who works closely with older people.

Generally, when we think of suicide, older adults don’t come to mind. But Australian men and women aged 85 and over have the highest age-specific suicide rates. Older adults are also the least likely to use mental health services.

If you work with older people and would like to learn how to support someone experiencing thoughts of suicide, this program can provide the skills you need.

About the training:
The program is underpinned by evidence and will give you practical strategies to have a conversation with empathy, determine whether the person is having thoughts of suicide, and support the person with a safety plan and referral. In addition, this training will teach you about the common causes of suicidal behaviour and particular issues surrounding suicide in older adults including risk and protective factors.

The training is 3 hours in duration and is delivered online via Zoom.

Cost: Nil. Training is delivered by Anglicare and funded by the Australian and NSW Governments.

Eligibility:
The program is suited to anyone who works closely with older people. This includes aged care workers, retirement living staff, allied health staff, pharmacists, medical centre staff, as well as concerned family members or friends. You will need internet access to take part.

Closing date: The first round of registrations closes on 5 July 2024.

Register here to join a closed HNECC PHN group session.

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