In Australia, suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44 years.
In the ACT, the number of people who have died by suicide has increased significantly. This is worrying and we as a community need to do something about it.
An important part of suicide prevention is knowing what to do when someone needs help.
As a part of the ACT LifeSpan initiative, ACT Health is encouraging all Canberrans to take part in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), an evidence based training program developed by the QPR Institute in collaboration with Black Dog Institute and supported by Capital Health Network.
QPR is targeted at audiences with no assumed knowledge of mental health or suicide prevention. It aims to help people recognise and respond effectively to someone exhibiting suicide warning signs and behaviours so that they can connect someone at risk with professional support.
Delivered through a mixture of videos, written content and quizzes the web-based course covers:
• common myths and misconceptions about suicide
• warning signs of suicide
• how to ask someone whether they are experiencing suicidal ideation
• how to persuade someone to stay alive
• how to refer individuals to appropriate professional help
It’s free and you could save a life. All that’s required is an email address and one hour of your time.
To find out more and access the training online visit ACT Health’s website.