SUICIDE prevention programs and a youth forum will run in Currambine, Mirrabooka and Maylands next month.
Alternatives to Suicide is an innovative, peer-led suicide prevention approach from Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community in the US.
Two of their trainers Sera Davidow and Caroline Mazel-Carlton are returning to Australia to provide information and training.
The aim of the program is for people to find strength in coming together to talk about many taboo topics and to support one another in times of distress.
When people come together it can sometimes be powerful and healing.
The free Myths of Suicide workshop in Currambine is intended to provide a basic understanding of many of the myths and misunderstandings of suicide and people who say they are suicidal.
It is geared toward people working in peer roles, provider roles, family members, suicide attempt survivors and other community members.
The Conversations on Suicide workshops in Mirrabooka on March 14-15 will explore the topic of suicide, how to sit with someone in deep emotional distress and provide an overview of ‘Alternatives to Suicide’ groups.
The Youth Affairs Council of WA will run the Youth Forum in Maylands on March 19, targeted at young people and open youth workers, school staff, social service providers, government and non-government health service providers.
There will also be facilitator training sessions in Mirrabooka from March 20-22 for people who want to learn about setting up ‘Alternatives to Suicide’ support groups.
Visit www.mercycare.com.au/ats-2018 to register.
WHAT: Conversations on Suicide
WHEN:March 14-15, 9.30am to 4.30pm
WHERE: MercyCare Office, 4 Brewer Place, Mirrabooka
WHAT: The Myths of Suicide (free)
WHEN: March 16, 2pm to 5pm
WHERE: Currambine Community Centre, 64 Delamere Avenue
WHAT: Youth Forum (free)
WHEN: March 19, 10am to 4pm
WHERE: The RISE, 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands