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The SANE Mental Illness and Bereavement Workshop

Supporting people who have been bereaved by suicide is an important yet often overlooked suicide prevention strategy.

The Australian Institute of Social Relations has a reputation for providing training in responding to suicide risk. The other side is supporting health professionals to better support the family and friends of people with mental illness who have died by suicide and explores issues that may arise during this process.  The SANE Mental Illness and Bereavement Workshop explores and draws on the personal experiences of people bereaved by suicide.

To date SANE Australia has provided this training to over 800 staff from 50 services around Australia and received a positive response from participants. Over 90% indicated that their understanding of the complex issues of suicide bereavement and mental illness had improved and nearly all cited increased confidence in supporting people bereaved by suicide due to the training.

“The workshop had good statistical information, well balanced with DVD, knowledge of presenters was excellent, and looking at what our service does and can do was also good. Excellent – thank you.”

The Mental Illness & Bereavement initiative was independently evaluated by KMPG who reported that the project has uncovered and responded to an unmet need in information about, and support for, individuals bereaved by suicide when mental illness is involved.

A key success of the project has been to fill these gaps in understanding of mental health and suicide with relevant and appropriate resources. SANE’s resources are evidence based, practical, adaptable and use of personal experience is a highly effective approach for communicating the need to change practice.

Who should attend?

  • Mental health workers (case-workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, counsellors, peer-workers, social workers)
  • Mental health managers and executives responsible for organisational change and policy development.

Cost: $125 per person including GST

Adelaide – Tuesday 3 March 2015

Brisbane – Wednesday 18 March 2015

Canberra – Tuesday 31 March 2015

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