Life in Mind jointly launches new Zero Suicide Healthcare Training directory to support staff in mental health services
Life in Mind has collaborated with the Zero Suicide Institute of Australasia (ZSIA) to launch a national directory of training programs that aim to empower healthcare workers to feel confident and competent to provide compassionate care to people experiencing suicidal behaviours.
Why is Zero Suicide Healthcare Training important?
It is important for those who turn to healthcare to have a better experience when feeling suicidal. For individuals presenting to services where Zero Suicide Healthcare is practised their experience will involve suicidality being discussed openly, treated directly and managed in a recovery-oriented way. As they transition through a Zero Suicide Healthcare system , no person falls through the cracks.
For many trained in mental health, often their training did not directly address treating suicidality. The most recent evidence shows it is better to treat suicidal behaviour directly rather than as a by-product of other treatments for mental ill-health. This is important because it is well known that there are many situational factors that impact on a person and if these fuse together at a single moment in time it can be overwhelming and may result in a decision to take their own life.
With staff trained to manage suicidal behaviours the health workforce will be not only be caring and compassionate, but also more competent and confident in working with people who feel suicidal. What this means is better outcomes for the person who seeks their help.
Why is the training directory needed; and who it is aimed at?
Zero Suicide Healthcare is a relatively new approach, yet it is quickly gaining interest and momentum in being implemented across Australia. Queensland has implemented this approach across 14 sites, commencing in 2017. The NSW Ministry of Health is implementing Zero Suicides in Care across all local health districts as part of their Towards Zero Suicides Initiatives; and South Australia has included it within their Mental Health Services Plan.
The aim of this directory is to make training more accessible and relevant to the Australian context, based on international research and resources.
The programs listed in the Life in Mind directory offer training to both clinical and non-clinical staff. This is important because not every person who feels suicidal may enter the health system from a single entry point. For this reason, it is recommended that all health service staff have some level of training on working with people who feel suicidal.
Life in Mind offers a central point for people to access information and resources related to suicide prevention in Australia, so listing the training directory on this site will make it easier for health services to find what they need when implementing Zero Suicide Healthcare. With this launch we anticipate there will be ongoing requests for training programs to be added to the directory.
Life in Mind encourages you to share the Zero Suicides Healthcare Training directory with healthcare workers in mental health.
Contact email@example.com to add a training program that may be appropriate to the Zero Suicide Healthcare Training directory.