Workshops like the suicide prevention workshop to be held in Kingaroy give community members the skills to recognise the warning signs.
Workshops like the suicide prevention workshop to be held in Kingaroy give community members the skills to recognise the warning signs. Peter Holt

Free suicide prevention workshop to equip the community

GIVING people the skills to recognise signs that someone might be thinking of suicide is the aim of a workshop in Kingaroy this week.

Wesley Mission Queensland workshop presenter Glen Wallwork said suicide prevention skills were just as important as the need for people in the community to have first aid skills.

"You never know when someone might need the basic skills in knowing what to recognise and how to break down barriers," Mr Wallwork said.

The free half-day suicide prevention workshop will be held at the Kingaroy Uniting Church (8 Alford St) from 9.30am to 2pm on Friday, May 31.

"The workshop will equip people to recognise the warning signs of people who have thoughts of ending their life," Mr Wallwork said.

The presenter, who has overseen prevention initiatives for more than a decade, said anyone could struggle with these thoughts, and the way people around them responded was important.

Workshop attendants will learn "how to provide people with appropriate options, by recognising warning signs, engaging in meaningful conversations and appropriate action".

Mr Wallwork said there were lots of possible warning signs that someone may be suicidal, including changes to their behaviour or language, isolation, disengagement, negative self-talk and not showing up to activities they would normally be at.

"Suicide is a big problem in Australia and can have additional challenges in rural areas because of some of the stresses," he said.

The workshop aims to empower people to have the conversations needed in their community.

It will also provide an opportunity for possible mentors to express interest in the Marcus Mission initiative.

The Marcus Mission aims to reduce the risk of suicide for young men by offering support to build the skills, knowledge and connections of young men as well as their families, friends and communities.

Marcus Mission is looking for more men to take on volunteer mentoring roles in the community to connect with men experiencing situational distress, such as issues with relationships, work or money.

The free suicide prevention workshop and training run by Wesley Mission Queensland and funded by Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is free to anyone over the age of 18.

Anyone interested in attending the workshop can register through eventbrite.

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