Suicide prevention for seniors program

If you work with older people and would like to learn how to help prevent suicide, this program can provide the training you need. Run by Anglicare and funded by the NSW Government, the program aims to equip aged care, health care and other professionals to spot the signs of suicidal crisis and provide appropriate intervention to reduce the rate of suicide in the older population.

Suicide Prevention for Seniors Program consists of a two-pronged approach.

1. QRP online training Participants to train in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention gatekeeper training will teach you about the common causes of suicidal behaviour, the warning signs and how to question, persuade and refer someone who may be suicidal. This 1.5 – 2-hour training program is to be completed by participants on their own device.

2. Workshop Once participants have completed the QPR training, Anglicare will run Zoom webinars for groups to reinforce their QPR learnings, contextualise the learnings for an older person’s context, and highlight some resources they can access. Time: 1 hour

Aged care staff or anyone in NSW who works closely with older people (such as geriatricians, GPs, general practice staff, allied health professionals, pharmacists) are invited to express interest in this capacity building program by contacting Nancy Gewargis, Anglicare’s Suicide Prevention for Seniors Program Coordinator, at suicideprevention@anglicare.org.au.