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Date:2008-12; Dated: Jul.-Dec. 2008




Mental Health Services -- Australia, Central -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Mental Health -- Periodicals

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Mental Health Association of Central Australia

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Alice Springs


no. 18

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15 SAFE in Oz Training In October, the LPP team took on the lead role of organising a local workshop for the training organisation SAFE in Oz. SAFE stands for Self Abuse Finally Ends and is a training program developed in Canada for those who work with people who self abuse. The 2-day workshop was held on 20-21 October and attracted 23 participants from a range of organisationssee page 43 for more details. Suicide Story Presentation In November, Brian, Laurencia and Kristy presented sections of Suicide Story to SEWB students at Batchelor through a request from Tahnia Edwards, and also to Aboriginal health students at Congress, including Raymond Campbell. We were able to gain feedback about the suicide awareness training resource and also to carry out some interviews with the students about the issue. Its always difficult for Aboriginal people to watch this as it brings up many sad stories for them, as most have lost members of their families to suicide. But they let us know that the resource is a good way to get the subject talked about and to give people skills in how to support one another. X ASIST Training As part of my role as Life Promotions Officer, I have become a qualified ASIST Trainer (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). This week-long training was done late September at the Collaroy Convention Centre in Sydneys North Beach area, set amidst a land of green fields and ocean blue (a far cry from my desert home in the Alice!). My training enables me to deliver the 2-day ASIST training in the community. The training was excellent and I delivered my first 2-day workshop on 11-12 November 2008 with Sherrilee Portlock from CAMHS. For more info contact Brian Kennedy on 8950 4609 or brian.kennedy@mhaca.org.au Laurencia and Kristy delivering suicide awareness training at a Womens Health Workshop at Ampilatwatja SafeTALK @ St Philips On 25 November, Laurencia (at back with School Counsellor, Fiona Hadden), Kristy and Karen Revel delivered SafeTALK to about 75 year 10 students from St Philips, accompanied by Peter Bourke from Headspace. Safe TALK is a shortened 1/2-day alternative to the 2-day ASIST course. This was the first time that we have trained young people in suicide awareness skills and we appreciated St Philips commitment World Suicide Prevention Day Ceremony On Wednesday, 10 September LPP organised a community ceremony in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day. A range of speakers contributed to the event, which was a moving tribute to all those who have died or been affected by suicide see story on page 17. Life Promotions attending a Community Meeting at Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) in November 2008

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