safeTALK: Suicide Prevention for Everyone Forum and Workshop
Start: 15th Nov 2017
Location: CQUniversity, Room 6.10, Level 6, 160 Ann St, Brisbane
CQUniversity Brisbane is hosting a free community event on suicide awareness. The event will include a research forum on suicide in Australia and a safeTalk Suicide Awareness Training Workshop.
Research Forum: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Workshop: 12:30pm - 3:30pm
The research forum will give participants an update on suicide in Australia. Experts presenting at the Research Forum include:
Professor Chris Doran is a Professor of Health Economics at CQUniversity. His current appointment involves working with researchers, clinicians and policy makers in building and translating health economic capacity to improve population health.
Dr Irina Kinchin is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at CQUniversity. Irina has worked as a Health Economist since 2013 and demonstrated multidisciplinary expertise clustered around Aboriginal empowerment, social, emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Dr Fiona Shand is a Senior Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute and part of the Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) and LifeSpan Research Director. Her research program focuses on suicide prevention, including interventions for suicide prevention, multi-level models of suicide prevention, and care after a suicide attempt.
Dr Carla Meurk is a Project Manager for Partners in Prevention: Understanding and Enhancing First Responses to Suicide Crisis Situations at the Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service, Honorary Senior Fellow at The University of Queensland, and Principal Researcher at Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research. Carla’s research interests are in mixed method approaches to enhancing the translational validity of research and in improving the use of evidence in mental health and addiction services and policy.
A representative from MATES in Construction will be speaking about their work in reducing the high levels of suicide among Australian construction workers. It is owned and controlled by the Australian Building and Construction Industry, a charity established in 2008.
safeTALK Suicide Awareness Workshop
safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.
Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.
To attend either or both these events, please RSVP online by Thursday 9 November.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 3295 1188.