Work mates build mental health support skills

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Work mates build mental health support skills

Limestone Coast residents are being offered the opportunity to take part in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

MATES in Construction is bringing a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid that teaches attendees how to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and how to work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

ASIST workers can be compared to the first aid officer on site.

ASIST is an internationally certified and recognised training and is considered the best practice when it comes to suicide intervention programs.

MATES in Construction field officers Patrick Kukla said the group had been in touch with local organisations who had requesting the training.

“We have been contacted by several smaller groups in the Limestone Coast who are interested in taking part in our highest level of training,” he said.

“It’s a free, two-day course which will focus on intervening and helping people through a difficult journey.

“The training teaches people how to keep people safe and there is world best practice in suicide first aid.”

Mr Kukla said the course, which will be held on February 6 and 7, was available to anyone in the community, and there were still places available.

“If it’s oversubscribed we will come back and do it again,” he said.

“We will continue to provide this training as long as it’s in demand.

“MATES has had an ongoing relationship with a number of community groups and industries in the South East.

“We are here to provide that support on an ongoing basis on the acknowledgement the South East has had a difficult journey with mental health and suicides being prevalent in the area in the last two or three years.”

Anyone 16 and over is eligible to register for this training session at the North Gambier Football Club, and no prerequisites are required.

Thanks to generous funding from Country SA PHN, this course is free to the community.

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