“One day out of your life may save the life of someone one day” Latest round of suicide intervention training
By Andrew Pearson “One day out of your life may save the life of someone one day.” It’s a simple slogan that carries so much meaning.
It’s also the focus of the latest round of training to be held by Hay’s Community Action for Suicide Elimination (CASE) committee.
A one-day suicide intervention course conducted by the Community Response to Eliminating Suicide (CORES) group will be held later this month.
CORES currently have an award-winning suicide intervention program running in 22 communities across the country.
Locally raised funds have allowed CASE to heavily subsidise the cost of the course to just $40 per person. It will be held on the 19th and 21st June at the Hay Services Club.
CASE chairman, and founder, Peter Dwyer hopes more people will undertake the training and said having more skilled in the people in the community would increase the chance of someone at risk getting the help they need.
“We’re not professionals, we’re not there to counsel people; we’re there to talk to people and try and get them to go down that road of going to see a counsellor or a GP, or someone else in the health profession...”
“We’re just hopefully that link between people suffering or people contemplating and the professional side,” Mr Dwyer said.
“Basically we’re trying to get numerous people throughout different social circles, different sporting circles, just throughout the community, trained up in this one day intervention course,” he said.
“It’s about mate looking after mate, you know, standing by your mate when they’re in a fight... their fight is for their life and they do reach out but sadly sometimes it falls on deaf ears and it may be just a very small yell for help.”