New Tool To Address Suicide Risk In Our Universities

Universities Australia, in partnership with Suicide Prevention Australia, today released a new e-learning tool to help university staff and students build the skills they need to help prevent suicide.

Universities Australia Chief Executive Officer Luke Sheehy said the e-learning package was designed to help universities prevent the devastating impact of suicide across their communities.

“Suicide is the leading cause of death among young Australians and, sadly, too many people suffer in silence,” Mr Sheehy said.

“Tragically, over 3,000 people take their own lives every year – a desperately confronting and devastating statistic.

“The e-learning package will help people understand safe communication, how to read warning signs, risk and protective factors, how best to respond to people in distress and self-care strategies.

“It builds on the work UA and Suicide Prevention Australia have developed to ensure that people learning or working in our universities can access a consistent, high-quality and safe standard of care if they need it.”

“We all have a role to play in suicide prevention and this learning tool will play an important role in upskilling university staff and students,” Suicide Prevention Australia Chief Executive Officer Nieves Murray said.

“It is imperative that we fortify our universities with robust suicide prevention support measures.

“Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and the impact spreads across families, schools, workplace, sporting clubs and community groups. For those feeling distress, help is available and it’s important to reach out and seek support.

“Together, we can create a culture of care and support on campus.”

E-learning modules can be accessed here.

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