Insights into interventions for people experiencing risk of suicide: Recent developments in research and clinical practice
This workshop will provide participants with an update of what we know about the risks of suicide in alcohol and drug treatment seeking populations as well as presenting evidence-based risk assessment and prevention interventions most likely to be effective for this group.
Monday 16 September 2019
9:30am - 5:30pm
110 Church Street
Richmond, VIC 3121
$220 (payable by credit card only)
Research consistently shows that up to one-third of those who die by suicide have problems with alcohol. Illicit and pharmaceutical drug addictions are also likely to be implicated, placing alcohol and drug treatment services at the fore-front of efforts to identify and link those at risk of suicidal behaviour in with ongoing treatment services. This workshop will provide participants with an update of what we know about the risks of suicide in alcohol and drug treatment seeking populations as well as presenting evidence-based risk assessment and prevention interventions most likely to be effective for this group. Participants will also hear from a lived-experience perspective and have the opportunity to practice skill development in the worskhop.
Dr Katrina Witt: After completing her Doctor in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in the UK, Dr Katrina Witt spent a year working as a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford where she published several Cochrane systematic reviews of the evidence-base for psychological and pharmacological treatments for persons at risk of suicide. Currently, she is an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention post-doctoral fellow at Turning Point and Monash University where, amongst other things, she is looking into the role played by alcohol and other drug addiction in increasing suicide risk. She is also co-Chair for the Work and Suicide Special Interest Group for the International Association for Suicide Prevention and has won numerous awards for her work, including most recently as a finalist for the 2016 Research Impact Award from the Victorian Young Achiever's Award.
Frank Hughes is a mental health nurse with a Masters in Mental Health Science. He has extensive clinical and workforce development experience in the mental health sector with a speciality in youth mental health. He has coordinated subjects in the Masters of Youth Mental Health course at the University of Melbourne and the Masters of Addictive Behaviours through Monash University. As well as being a senior educator at Turning Point he also works part-time clinically as a private provider with headspace.
Who should register?
Anyone working in clinical practice in the sector (either AOD or suicide prevention) as well as interested others - including students, researchers, etc.
A light lunch including a vegetarian selection is provided.
Getting to Turning Point
Turning Point is located at 110 Church Street, on the corner of Church Street and Tweedie Place. Entrance is via the front of the building, to the right of the Skoda car dealership. Please take the lift to the first floor and visit reception.
- Tram 78 on Church Street
- Tram 109 on Victoria Parade (about a 5 min walk to 110 Church Street)
- Tram 75 on Bridge Rd (about a 7 min walk to 110 Church Street)
There is very limited 2 hour street parking available in the area. All day parking is available in:
- Shelley Street, Richmond (between Butler and Elizabeth Streets) -about 1km walk to Church St (about $10/day).
- Coles Richmond Plaza (actual address is 261 Bridge Rd, entry is by Cameron St, off Church St) (about $16/day). About an 8 minute walk or catch the No 78 tram from corner of Bridge Rd/Church St (stop 61). Alight at Tweedie Pl/Church St (Stop 63). NB: Stop 63 is also the stop for the Melbourne Clinic -we are on the same side of Church Street as Melbourne Clinic across Tweedie Place.
- 459 Church Street, Richmond (about $16/day). About a 20 min walk or catch the No 78 tram which leaves from stop 55 (Adelaide St). Alight at Tweedie Pl/Church Street (Stop 63).
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