Conversations About Suicide

What is Conversations About Suicide?

Conversations About Suicide is a specialised Mental Health First Aid® (MHFA™) Course, designed to provide more in-depth understanding about suicidal thoughts and behaviours, and teach the skills necessary to safely support someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviours. 

At the completion of the course you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to safely have a conversation with a suicidal person. This is not a postvention course and is not recommended for individuals recently bereaved by suicide. The Conversations about Suicide course is not a therapy or a support group and it is important that people undertaking the course are feeling relatively robust when they undertake it. Specific postvention support services can be found on the Beyond Blue website.

The MHFA curriculum is evidence-based, and designed by the expert team at Mental Health First Aid Australia, with accredited instructors delivering the courses nation-wide. 

At Mental Health Learning Australia, we believe that everyone should learn Mental Health First Aid, just like traditional first aid.

Why attend the Conversations About Suicide Course

Suicide is a leading cause of death in Australia, and while most people would want to be able to help someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts, not everyone knows how to do so. 

This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to have a conversation with, and support someone, who is suicidal. 

How is this course different to Mental Health First Aid?

This course is a specialised course, which is still part of the Mental Health First Aid Australia curriculum, however focuses on the topic of suicide. 

In a standard MHFA course approximately 40 minutes is devoted to learning about first aid for suicidal thoughts and behaviours, however this specialised course offers 4 hours of in-depth learning, discussion and opportunities to practice your skills in a safe environment. 

What you will learn:

Identify Warning Signs for Suicide

Have a Conversation with Someone Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours

How to Connect the Person with Appropriate Professional Help

Confidently Support a Person In Crisis

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