Mental illness affects vast numbers of Australians with some choosing to take their own lives.

Nursing staff play an important part in helping to prevent suicide. Training on suicide prevention is an important skill for nurses who are often in a position to intervene. Care · Collaborate · Connect is a suicide prevention online training program for health students and professionals. It is aimed at equipping them with the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and confidence to work with people who are distressed, including those who have thoughts of suicide.

Modules are completed sequentially. Read the introductions before starting the training.

Suicide Prevention Training for Health Students & Professionals
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Beyond Blue
Beyond Blue is working on reducing the tragic suicide toll by informing people at risk of suicide or who have attempted to take their life with support options, and providing practical advice for people worried about someone they think might be suicidal on how to help.

Heads Up
Everyone in the workplace should learn about the warning signs for suicide and how to spot if a workmate could be at risk. If you’re concerned about someone at work, start by asking if they’re OK.

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