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About the sector

The community managed mental health sector is a key provider of mental health services and supports to people in the community.

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Find detailed information on the work we do to support the community managed mental health sector.

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Mental Health Rights Manual

An online guide to help explain your legal and human rights in the mental health and human services systems in New South Wales.

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Recovery Oriented Language Guide

Words are important. The language we use and the stories we tell have great significance to all involved.

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Registered training

Build on your lived experience or on-the-job experience and receive a nationally recognised qualification.

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Customised training

Contact us to design a professional development solution for your workforce and organisation.

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Our members

Our members are community managed mental health organisations, large and small, local and NSW-wide service providers.

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Become a member

Join a strong network of community-based mental health organisations delivering better outcomes for people in New South Wales.

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Responding to the Risk of Suicide

This course teaches participants simple, effective interventions and skills that can save lives and provide support to people at risk of suicide.

Course overview

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44 years. The impact of suicide has a devastating impact on families, friends and whole communities.

You can make a profound difference in the life of someone else, by learning how to reach out effectively and confidently to people at risk of suicide.

This is a fully funded course.

What you will learn
  • Reduce immediate risk of suicide and increase safety Identify risk and protective factors, warning signs and points of change and explore ambivalence
  • Develop collaborative care plans and understand how best to manage people at risk of suicide
  • Recognise the limits of the workers’ role, when and how to refer to specialist assistance or facilitate links to further care
  • Ensure information related to suicidality is communicated effectively in the workplace and how to conduct a risk assessment
  • Stay healthy as a worker – ensure self-care and access to support services
Who should enrol

This two-day course is for anyone who supports someone at risk of suicide, including frontline mental health support workers, carers, family, friends and supporters.

Managers and team leaders are encouraged to attend this course to enhance their understanding of practice issues, and to support service outcomes.


“I learnt how to act and assist a person with suicidal thoughts, how to be comfortable asking direct and closed questions, to create a safety plan and to acknowledge the person’s pain.”


All of our professional development training can be delivered on site at your organisation. Alternatively, we can tailor a course to suit your specific requirements. Contact us to find out more training@mhcc.org.au

Completion options

Face-to-face Workshop

Participation requires attendance at 2 full-days face-to-face training session.

Statement of Participation

A statement of participation will be granted upon satisfactory attendance of the required training session.

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