Connecting with People

16th October 2020
There are many in our community who have been touched by the ripple effect of someone ending their life. Eight Australians die every day by suicide, seventy five percent of those being male and twice as many women attempting suicide as men. For each life lost, or suicide attempt, the impacts are felt by countless more, including family members, work colleagues, friends and first responders.

South Australia has adopted the internationally recognised ‘Connecting with People’ approach to support communities, workplaces, families and friends in creating empathic, compassionate environments where everyone feels empowered to recognise the signs early, and either ask for or offer help.

Renmark Paringa Council is hosting a one day workshop ‘Connecting with People’ presented by Adam Clay, Principal Project Officer, Suicide Prevention – Wellbeing SA. The workshop will include the following modules: Suicide Awareness, Compassion at Work and Emotional Resilience for Professionals.  Each module has been specifically chosen to help you become more aware of the ways in which we can create a culture of recognising the signs with empathy, responding with compassion an supporting people to find the help they need sooner.

The training is free and available to anyone, with specific focus on people in the community and organisations whose roles may bring them into contact with community members who may have fallen below the radar.  You may become an accidental counsellor and we would like to help you develop the skills that may help you to recognise signs of distress and know how to help a vulnerable person. You will leave knowing that even the simplest of gestures can make a world of difference to a vulnerable person.

The workshop will be held at the Renmark Club on Wednesday 28 October 2020 between 9.00am – 4.30pm.

Registrations can be made on Eventbrite https://connectingwithpeople.eventbrite.com.au or for further enquires please contact Karen Wetherall at Renmark Paringa Council on 8580 3000.