Refugee specific suicide prevention training

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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 training package is intended to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of service providers delivering the Mental Health Community Living Supports for Refugees (MH-CLSR) program as well as Local Health District mental health staff to identify and address suicide risk in their clients.

Development of the training package has been guided by an expert reference group specialising in transcultural and refugee health, in conjunction with data collected through consultation with Local Health Districts and community-managed organisations.

The training package is scheduled to be delivered in 2021 across the seven Local Health Districts 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.

Register your interest in training


MH-CLSR workers and mental health staff within each of the seven Local Health Districts are invited to register their interest in training.

You will be asked to select your Local Health District and then choose a training date that suits you. You will be asked to provide details on your role, a contact number and an email address.

Key information

  • The training will be delivered via a two-hour online Zoom video session.
  • The training is a one-off session.
  • As part of the training, participants will be requested to complete an online pre-training survey, post-training survey and a three-month follow-up survey to determine the effectiveness of training and application of learnings to practice.
  • The training will cover three modules:
    - Module 1: Refugee and asylum seeker suicide in Australia
    - Module 2: Identifying and responding to suicidal risk
    - Module 3: Support services and follow up care.

REGISTER

Expected outcomes

The expected outcomes of the project are to:

  1. Build the capacity of MH-CLSR and Local Health District 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 Local Health District mental health services.

This project has been granted ethics approval by the Hunter New England Research Ethics and Governance Research Office, approval 2020/ETH00796

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