New ideas on suicide prevention

A suicide prevention trainer from England will introduce new ideas to a Dunedin mental health audience at a special workshop, an organiser says.

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust has organised the workshop with John Henden on Saturday in Dunedin.

Organiser Carolyn McMillan said the workshop was almost full.

She said Mr Henden, an author and trainer in suicide prevention, had had a trip planned to the North Island, and the Life Matters trust was funding his trip to Dunedin, partly through a community grant.

''He's got a different approach to the thinking.

''This is going through with common sense, empathy and ... a different way of dealing with people.''

Mrs McMillan said the existing approach to suicide prevention was ''failing''.

''This is a proven ... approach.''

''If we can start showing people empathy ... rather than the 'here's some medicine'.''

The Life Matters trust street collection in Dunedin is on Friday.

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Healthline 0800 611 116
Lifeline Aotearoa 0800 543 354
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Samaritans 0800 726 666
Alcohol Drug Helpline 0800 787 797
General mental health inquiries: 0800 44 33 66
The Depression Helpline 0800 111 757

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