Webinar: Suicide prevention - Collaborating with older people in independent living units

Online webinar
Event starts: Thursday 21 October, 10:30 am
Event finishes: Thursday 21 October, 12:00 pm

Wesley Mission in partnership with Western Sydney University undertook research to reveal the social, psychological and environmental risk factors that older Australians may face as the result of key life transitions.

Join the authors as they present their research findings; you’ll hear from Wesley LifeForce Lead Researcher Tim Sussman, Western Sydney University Director of Academic Program Social Work & Community Welfare Dr Neil Hall and by Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Networks Program Administrator Anna Maria Hanna.

Participants will be equipped to identify and understand the factors affecting mental health and suicide in older people in a residential setting.

The research

In collaboration, Wesley Mission’s suicide prevention program, Wesley LifeForce and Western Sydney University completed a two-and-a-half-year mixed method action research (MMAR) project which investigated the mental health and wellbeing of residents in Wesley Mission’s retirement villages. The research sought to identify and address risk factors in poor mental health and suicide among older people, such as loneliness, bereavement and environmental issues.

Webinar outcomes

  • Identifying risk and protective factors
  • Understanding how to apply the situational approach to suicide prevention
  • Awareness of upstream interventions to prevent suicide
  • Increase awareness of the important role that environment and behaviour play on a person’s mental wellbeing
  • Professional CPD points awarded from the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

A full copy of the research can be found at: https://www.wesleymission.org.au/news-and-publications/publications-and-resources/the-wesley-report/2020-suicide-prevention-collaborating-with-older-people-in-independent-living-units/

Join the webinar Online via Zoom

Date: Thursday 21 October 2021

Time: 10:30 am- 12 pm

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Learn more about the Alliance for the Situational Approach to Preventing Suicide (ASAPS)
ASAPS is an initiative of the last few years that has brought together people from across disciplines, sectors, and industries to join forces in addressing suicide at its root causes.

In contrast to a biomedical model which emphasizes the diagnosis of mental illness, ASAPS implements a framework that focuses on the broader social and structural factors contributing to suicide.

During the webinar, the ASAPS purpose and future plans will be explained in detail and participants will be given the opportunity to join in partnership with the Alliance.

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