Wesley Mission’s suicide prevention program, Wesley LifeForce, will deliver training to 280 health, allied health and community ‘gate keepers’ like teachers and social workers on the NSW North Coast following the announcement of funding by the Federal Assistant Minister for Health Dr David Gillespie in Port Macquarie today.
North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) is providing $110,648 to Wesley LifeForce suicide prevention training. This training program is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Primary Health Network Program.
Wesley LifeForce training is evidence-based and designed for gatekeepers. Gatekeepers are community members who are well positioned to recognise a crisis and the warning signs of suicide risk and respond appropriately. The bulk of these will be community members, as well as GPs, practice nurses, reception staff and regional frontline workers will receive training through a series of North Coast workshops, seminars and online forums which will run during the next 12 months.
“This training is part of our Government’s larger commitment to mental health, suicide prevention, and alcohol and other drugs in this region,” Dr Gillespie said.
“We have a program that is shown to work. Wesley Mission has the runs on the board.
Their LifeForce support, education and training of gatekeepers, whether it’s GPs, nurses, ambulance men, policemen, teachers, sporting groups, is a great way of practically intervening and getting strategies in place to prevent major mental health issues.
“On the North Coast we have seen unfortunately an above average incidence of suicide…we want to have practical strategies in place to intervene because education, awareness, and intervention strategies is the way to go.”
Dr Gillespie encouraged other Federal MPs to get practical programs in place that have evidence based outcomes and are known to work.
“Wesley LifeForce is one of the partners that Minister Greg Hunt has given funds to in his latest announcements,” Dr Gillespie said. “The taxpayer and the Health Department like to support programs that have an evidence base and a proven efficacy.
First published @ https://www.insights.uca.org.au/news/wesley-lifeforce-to-be-at-the-frontline-of-suicide-prevention-on-nsw-north-coast
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