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BUILDING ON ITS LONG HISTORY OF DELIVERING MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING TRAINING TO THE COMMUNITY, THE LIFELINE ADELAIDE TEAM WORKED WITH PEOPLE FROM A NUMBER OF WORKPLACES ACROSS SOUTH AUSTRALIA THIS YEAR, INCLUDING THE STATE’S ELITE MEN’S CRICKET TEAM, THE REDBACKS.


Lifeline Adelaide provides a range of programs for organisations who want to build up the knowledge and skills of their staff to ensure that their mental health and wellbeing are supported.


Delivered by highly qualified and experienced trainers, Lifeline Adelaide’s workplace training programs help employers to boost work performance and productivity. Research from PriceWaterhouseCoopers reveals that every dollar invested in effective


… organisations better supporting staff by understanding the importance of good mental health and wellbeing at work.


LIFELINE ADELAIDE WORKPLACE TRAINING


mental health strategies in the workplace returns, on average, $2.30 in benefits to a business*


. Training can


also improve organisational culture and staff retention, and demonstrate corporate social responsibility.


A group of 12 Redbacks players participated in Lifeline’s safeTALK program last year, with inspiring results.


“Initially, some players were hesitant about participating, but the feedback after completing the session was overwhelmingly positive,” says Matt McGregor, Player Development Manager at SACA.


“At the end of the course, players felt far more aware of signs and more comfortable in having conversations with others who may be having trouble coping with difficulties in life.”


Lifeline’s safeTALK program is an alertness workshop that prepares people, regardless of prior experience or training, to recognise when someone is having thoughts of suicide,


* Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace: Return on Investment Analysis, PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2014 Uniting Communities Annual Report 2016 | 23


or having trouble coping with crisis or emotional pain, and take action to connect the vulnerable person with life-saving intervention resources.


Matt also personally completed Lifeline’s Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training (ASIST). ASIST is a two- day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Founded on the principle that everyone can make a difference in preventing suicide, ASIST helps people apply suicide first aid in many settings – with family, friends, co-workers and team-mates, as well as in formal care- giving roles.


“I found the experienced trainer to be incredibly supportive and respectful,” says Matt. “Despite practicing for 16 years as a professional psychologist, I found ASIST boosted my confidence and enhanced my skills in connecting with and supporting people at risk of suicide.


“I highly recommend the Lifeline courses to anyone who finds themselves in supporting or helping roles with colleagues, friends or family.”


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