Harris, M and Mendoza, J, Ready, willing and able to have THAT conversation: A conversation for life, 15th International Mental Health Conference, 25-27 August, Gold Coast, Australia ISBN 978-1-922232-16-8 (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]
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The causes of suicide are complex and vary among individuals and across age, cultural, racial and ethnic groups. Suicide risk is influenced by an array of factors – sociological, psychological, environmental, cultural and biological. Nonetheless, this complexity masks the reality that almost all people who attempt or complete suicide had one or many more warnings signs before their death. Research demonstrates that a large proportion of the population remain poorly informed in regard to suicide risk. They are unable to talk about suicide or suicidality and cannot read-the-signs of someone who is suicidal and trying to communicate their sense of hopelessness.
Suicide prevention initiatives should be multi-modal and complementary, targeting a wide range of at-risk and high-risk groups. Within the Lifeboat suite, Conversations for Life provides the skills and resources to understand, enhance and respond to challenges to wellbeing, and assist others. In the context of the Conversations for Life program, this is about reducing risk and increasing protection in a community.
The Conversations for Life training program provides an introduction to the issues surrounding poor mental health and suicide and awareness of individual and general community attitudes. It provides resources to identify suicide risk, and communication skills for crucial conversations. It informs community resources and networks, and enables better support people who may be experiencing a personal crisis.
|Item Type:||Non Refereed Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||suicide prevention, early intervention, prevention, conversations, community wellbeing|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Mental health services|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Mental health|
|UTAS Author:||Harris, M (Dr Martin Harris)|
|Deposited By:||UTAS Centre for Rural Health|
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