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Suicide Prevention Workplace Training – Men aged 45+

Lifeline South Coast is working to reduce suicide by connecting with people in their workplaces and supporting them to develop the skills and knowledge required to identify those showing suicidal warning signs, respond in an effective and safe way, and refer them to the appropriate services to prevent suicide.

Description

Lifeline South Coast is currently being funded by NSW Health to deliver free suicide prevention training known as Gatekeeper Training. The training is contextualised towards supporting men aged 45 years and older, acknowledging that 75% of those who take their own life are male, and that of working aged men (20 - 69), those at the highest risk of dying by suicide are men aged 45+. As such, NSW Health funded places for Gatekeeper training are available for male-dominated workplaces, or organisations that interact with or support a high number of men aged 45+.

As the leading cause of death amongst Australians between the ages of 15 and 44, suicide has a devastating impact on individuals, families, workplaces, and entire communities. Community awareness, connections, and resilience is critical to suicide prevention, recognising the important role of the wider population in building mentally healthy communities that are well-networked and resourceful. Employers have a responsibility to incorporate suicide prevention strategies into their employee health and wellbeing initiatives. Gatekeeper training supports organisations to meet this duty of care requirement free of cost, equipping workers with the knowledge and skills required to identify suicide warning signs, facilitate supportive conversations, and refer their colleagues to appropriate services and resources. Such training has a cumulative effect – upskilling employees, supporting those at risk of suicide, and building a healthier, happier, and more resilient workplace as

We have some flexibility surrounding training options, which can be delivered either face-to-face or virtually, and over one day or across multiple days.

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about facilitating Gatekeeper training in your workplace, please email training@llsc.org.au.

For 24-hour telephone crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

If life is in danger, call 000

Lifeline South Coast would like to acknowledge the lives that have been lost to suicide. We are committed to supporting those with a lived experience of suicide and aim to reduce the stigma around seeking help for poor mental health and suicidal crisis.