Learn the Basics!

Did you know that the HSE has funding allocated to give people like you and me training to learn the basics in suicide prevention?

 

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I only found this out very recently from a member of the mental health community, and luckily there was a training course in my local GAA Club soon after. I have completed the ‘first level’, which I found to be hugely informative and useful, and am looking forward to doing the two day workshop in August.

 

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This initiative really is fantastic, and I wish it was advertised more.

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The ‘first level’ – is SafeTALK, which is a 3.5 hour/half day programme in ‘suicide alertness for everyone’

 

The ‘second level’ – is ASIST, which is a two day programme in suicide first aid

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The training programmes are funded by the HSE and facilitated by LivingWorks. Visit the LivingWorks website, and read even more information about the two programmes and other useful information relating to suicide prevention, by clicking here.

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There is also an initiative aimed at getting people talking about suicide. It is a two hour, online programme for over 18s, and you can sign up by clicking here.

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You can read more about everything above by clicking here.

 

**Find out dates for upcoming training in your local area by clicking here.**

 

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Why not consider arranging a SafeTALK or ASIST programme to be run in your local club or society, and help the training to spread as far as possible? Contact your closest Resource Officer to discuss how to set up a date for training. A full list of Regional Resource Officers can be found by clicking here.

 

 

Also, consider reading the National Office for Suicide Prevention’s ‘Suicide Prevention in the Community – A Practical Guide’, which you can find by clicking here.