Suicide prevention training for Mental Health Community Living Supports for Refugees

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Everymind and the NSW Ministry of Health Mental Health Branch are working to develop a new training package to support suicide prevention in refugees.

The project aims to improve knowledge, skills and confidence of the Mental Health Community Living Supports for Refugees (MH-CLSR) workforce to support refugees experiencing suicidal ideation or experiencing suicidal crisis.

The training will be delivered to community managed organisations delivering the MH-CLSR program, as well as district mental health staff to identify and address suicide risk in refugees and asylum seekers.

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The training package will also be guided by an expert reference group specialising in transcultural and refugee health, as well as drawing on best practice evidence in this area.

The training package is scheduled to be rolled out across the seven Local Health Districts (LHDs) in New South Wales where the MH-CLSR program is being delivered:

  • Mid North Coast
  • Hunter New England
  • Sydney
  • Western Sydney
  • South Western Sydney
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven
  • Murrumbidgee.

The expected outcomes of the project are to:

  1. Build the capacity of MH-CLSR and LHD mental health staff in suicide prevention for refugees and asylum seekers
  2. Decrease suicidal risk for refugees and asylum seekers accessing
    MH-CLSR services and LHD mental health services.

For more information about this project, contact:

Amanda McAtamney, Everymind Project Lead
[email protected]

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