Suicide-alertness workshops

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Many people are required to complete a first aid certificate regularly, but SafeTALK facilitator Eleanor Ranstead wonders whether people are prepared when a person expresses suicidal thoughts.

A spate of suicides has prompted the provision of a series of suicide-alertness training workshops in Mataura and Gore.

“We have had some suicides in the area and we are wanting to inform people what to look out for and how to care for people and look after them,” Mrs Ranstead said.

“This is a basic four-hour workshop which will help you know what to do when you suspect someone is having suicidal thoughts, and when you are able to determine that they are having those thoughts, where to connect them to,” she said.

The workshops are for everyone, she said.

Where and when

The Salvation Army, Irwell St, Gore, Thursday, October 12 from 1pm-5pm and 6.30pm-10pm.

Mataura Community Centre, McQueen Ave, Wednesday, October 25 from 6.30pm-10pm.

Entry free.

To register, contact Mrs Ranstead, 027 379-8442 or ele.ranstead@gmail.com.

:Need help?

800 611-116

Lifeline Aotearoa 800 543-354

Suicide Crisis Helpline 508 828-865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Samaritans 800 726-666

Alcohol Drug Helpline 800 787-797

General mental health inquiries 800 443-366

The Depression Helpline 800 111-757

Youthline 800 376-633, txt 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz

What’s Up (for 5 to 18-year-olds; 1pm-11pm) 800 942-8787

Kidsline (aimed at children up to 14; 4pm-6pm weekdays) 0800 543-754 (0800 kidsline)