Lifeline Northern Rivers and Rekindling the Spirit have joined forces to deliver a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Program in our region. A half day workshop will be held in the Tweed region at 9.30am on Thursday 9 November – venue to be confirmed. There is no charge for attending and morning tea will be provided.

The program, a half-day workshop developed by Wesley LifeForce, is a culturally appropriate and tailored package for Indigenous communities that will facilitate discussion and the spreading of information regarding suicide prevention and intervention.

Earlier this year two members of the Rekindling the Spirit team spent a week with Wesley LifeForce in Sydney being trained to deliver the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Program. Part of that training in Sydney was delivered by The Seedling Group, an Aboriginal consultancy specialising in Indigenous community research and engagement, who have worked with Indigenous groups right across Australia and the Torres Strait, to develop the training content.

Organisers delivered two pilot workshops for Indigenous workers in Lismore earlier this year and received very positive feedback from those who attended. Ultimately the intention is to deliver the training directly to Indigenous communities in the Northern Rivers but we have decided to start with two separate half-day workshops for Aboriginal workers. This will be another opportunity to test the training content and invite feedback on its likely impact and usefulness for our local communities.

Lifeline believes that this program will meet a need and are anxious to get started on building capacity in local communities.

Register by emailing niallm@lis.net.au or by calling Niall Mulligan on 02 66224133 or 0400221143.

 

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