Training for suicide prevention counselling
Because of the stigma associated with suicide, people tend not to talk about it. Specialised training is needed for counsellors doing prevention work. A senior health services staff member explained, ‘I think people tend to tread carefully with the subject, but, as a worker, you have to be quite open and honest with the person you are counselling. “Do you have plans – have you planned it out before? What’s been your method before? What access to implements do you have?” It’s such a touchy subject’.
Below is information to some recommended trainings:
- Tracy Westerman Mental Health Assessment course.
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) training. This course teaches how to apply a suicide intervention model helping caregivers to recognise when someone may be at risk; it explores how to connect with them in ways that understand and clarify that risk, increase their immediate safety and link them with further help.