This is a MHSS Specialty Course. To register to MHSS specialties you must first complete the core MHSS course - either online or via a 2-day workshop.
Learning to recognise the signs that someone may be close to suicide and knowing what to do to prevent them carrying it out is a crucial stream of knowledge for the person who would offer effective social support. It forms half of this course. Sadly, sometimes as a community we fail and the suicide goes ahead. The other half of this course is comprised of information, tips and strategies on how to help and support those who suffer the consequences: that is, the survivors, the suicide-bereaved.
We assume that you have successfully completed the Mental Health Social Support course, and thus have learned the basic micro-skills of social supporting. You may not have had more training in the helping arts than that. We do not assume that you have more professional helper training than this, but even if you are a qualified counsellor, psychologist, social worker, or other mental health helper, you will still benefit from the practical information and activities, including some case studies to work through, which are contained in this course.
The overall aims of the course are to help you:
Prerequisite: MHSS Core Course
Course duration: 8 Hours