Suicide bereavement workshop for Rainbow Beach

The needs of people who are bereaved by suicide will be the focus of a “Pathways to Care” workshop being organised by United Synergies’ StandBy Response Service on Wednesday, August 28th.

Key community response services, groups and interested community members, will meet to establish an effective, coordinated, community response plan to provide early intervention and ongoing support to families, friends and associates bereaved through suicide. The plan will be developed by enlisting participation in the StandBy Response Service Referral Pathways program.

This FREE workshop is appropriate for all agencies, community groups and individuals interested in actively supporting people bereaved by suicide through a coordinated local community response and will be followed by a session called “Crossing the River” which equips service providers and community caregivers with basic suicide bereavement intervention skills.

StandBy Sunshine & Cooloola Coast coordinator Lynda Neville said it was important for a clear pathway to exist for bereaved people to access and receive support.

“People who have experienced the trauma of losing a friend or loved one to suicide are not always able to articulate their need or may require different types of support at different times.

“These workshops will ensure that all parties involved are clear about their roles and are able to offer coordinated support services which will not only provide much needed support, but will also assist in preventing further suicidal behaviour. They will also ensure participants leave with the confidence to provide basic suicide bereavement intervention skills.”

The combined workshop will be held from 8.30am until 3pm at the Rainbow Beach Community Centre, 4/38 Rainbow Beach Rd, Rainbow Beach. A light lunch is also included.

For registration, further information and catering purposes please RSVP by Wednesday 21 August to:jrogers@unitedsynergies.com.au or 5409 4995.

For further information contact:

Lynda Neville

Sunshine & Cooloola Coasts StandBy Response Service

United Synergies

Ph: 07 5409 4995, mob: 0407 766 961

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