NSW Health Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
“A significant proportion of people who die by suicide have had contact with a health professional in the weeks prior to their suicide. It is therefore essential that health staff identify people at risk of suicide and prevent suicide by implementing effective management strategies, including referral to relevant services for further assessment and expert supports.”
Reference: Clinical care of people who may be suicidal PD2016_007
To support local suicide prevention strategies, NSW Health engaged HETI’s Mental Health Portfolio to develop and implement Gatekeeper training for suicide prevention (Gatekeeper). This blended learning includes an online module and face to face workshops, supporting all NSW Health staff to identify and respond effectively to individuals with suicidal ideation and behaviour.
The NSW Health Gatekeeper online module is accessible for all NSW Health staff via My Health Learning. It provides foundational information to support NSW Health staff identify that someone may be in distress, engage with the person and act to optimise the person’s safety.
Please login to My Health Learning to access the NSW Health Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention Module (208562351).
Gatekeeper face to face workshops will be delivered in co-lead arrangements with Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks in 2019. The workshops will support the online module by providing skills practice for staff in identifying and providing local support to people who display suicidal ideation or behaviour.
Soft copies of workshop facilitation resources can be requested for local delivery by NSW Health workforce staff at HETI-MentalHealth-Training@health.nsw.gov.au.
HETI has developed two key programs to support NSW Health staff to respond to people who may be suicidal.
- NSW Health Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
- Clinical Care of People Who May Be Suicidal: Education and Training Initiative (COPSETI) *For Mental Health Clinicians*