North Burnett suicide prevention co-ordinator Russell Mills with North Burnett Community Service's Carol Chapman and June Jacobi at the launch of the North Burnett PHN Suicide Prevention Trial Site education program.
North Burnett suicide prevention co-ordinator Russell Mills with North Burnett Community Service's Carol Chapman and June Jacobi at the launch of the North Burnett PHN Suicide Prevention Trial Site education program.

Suicide prevention training launched in Mundubbera

THE suicide prevention training and education program for the North Burnett has been announced at a lunch at the North Burnett Community Service centre in Mundubbera.

Flynn MP Ken O’Dowd, who was meant to launch the program, was a late scratching due to meetings in Bundaberg, but that didn’t prevent about 30 people attending the lunch, representing a wide variety of organisations, including IWC, Blue Care, North Burnett Regional Council and Education Queensland among others.

The North Burnett was one of 12 sites nationwide selected as a site for the Federal Government’s National Suicide Prevention Trial, funded through the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network.

Suicide prevention co-ordinator Russell Mills said, with the trial ending in June 2020, the program aimed to make the North Burnett “self-sufficient” in combating suicide after its completion.

Mr Mills said the free training would not only be for health professionals, but for “everyday” people.

There would also be “train the trainer” session to provide community leaders with special skills to continue the work after the trial end.

Mr Mills said the North Burnett would host about 20 workshops all up, ranging from three-hour sessions up to two days.

The Times will publish workshop details as they are confirmed.


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