We provide a variety of learning opportunities to equip individuals, families, and the wider community with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support those experiencing crisis.
Leading the way to safe and supportive communities
Recognising that the promotion of mental health and wellbeing requires a whole-community effort, we provide a variety of free training opportunities to increase the connectedness, resilience, and resourcefulness of our South Coast community.
The Cost of Disconnected Communities
Social disconnection leaves people at risk of isolation and loneliness, which can have adverse effects on mental health and wellbeing:
- 1/3 of Australians feel lonely, despite many of them living with a partner or family member.
- 2/5 Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime.
- People without social support are five times more likely to experience a mental illness.
Nurturing Safe and Supportive Communities
A safe and supportive community is one that promotes social connectedness and cohesion, ensuring that nobody has to face their darkest moments alone:
- Social support is a proven mental health and wellbeing protective factor.
- Those who have greater levels of social support are 47% and 22% less likely to experience severe depression and anxiety respectively.
- People who receive greater social support are 40% less likely to experience suicidal ideation and attempts.
Our Community Training Offerings
As well as the programs outlined below, we also offer contextualised sessions and bespoke workplace training, workshops, and presentations. Please reach out to us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss how we can work together to meet the needs of your team.
Why train with us?
Lifeline South Coast is a local volunteer-based charitable organisation, with over 50-years of experience providing crisis support. The knowledge and skills gleaned over this period have informed the development of evidence-based training programs that strengthen the resilience and resourcefulness of our South Coast community.
Passionate about building individual and community resilience and educating people to reduce stigma surrounding mental ill health and suicide, the Lifeline South Coast training team is made up of a diverse group of skilled trainers. Working together to ensure people do not have to face their darkest moments alone, each trainer brings their unique voice, expertise, and experiences to the team. Utilising a flexible format to encourage interactive participation and increase learner engagement, the team are adept at contextualising training to ensure the content is relevant and practically applicable to individual workplaces, as well as every-day life.
“I found training with Lifeline South Coast to be a very helpful and valuable learning experience. The skills I learnt can be applied in range of different circumstances and it changed my perception of how to speak about suicide and mental ill-health.”
– Alex, Exercise Physiologist
“We had a Lifeline South Coast representative attend a staff meeting with our trainers and assessors to facilitate an interactive introductory session on mental health and wellbeing. She created a comfortable and safe environment that encouraged participation and conversations from all attendees.
We spoke about recognising the signs in our students who might be struggling with their mental health, and about how we can look after ourselves in supporting our students, colleagues, or friends. The sessions had practical takeaways and useful tips for application on ourselves and to people around us.”
Sarah Mezedi, Manager – Compliance and Quality Assurance
Early Childhood Education Services & Training
“The level of participation in the ASIST course was great, and the trainers made everyone feel comfortable to discuss such a sensitive and emotive topic. I learnt a lot of valuable skills and techniques during the training and have already put these into practice when supporting a staff member to create a care plan. I hope this training can be rolled out more broadly within my workplace and across other organisations.“
COVID-19: Working Together to Stay Safe
With the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape, guidance from the NSW Government informs the delivery of our training packages. Please visit the NSW Government website to stay up to date with the current health advice, helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Please note: Proof of vaccination may be required by some of the venues that Lifeline South Coast uses for face-to-face training. Please contact the training venue if you would like to enquire about vaccination requirements.