Mental Health First Aid:
Conversations about Suicide Workshop

22 April 2020 | The Gold Coast, Queensland

Phone: 07 4153 4215
Email: [email protected]

Mental Health First Aid: Conversations about Suicide Workshop

4 CPD Hours

Mental illness is common in our society with one in five adults experiencing a mental illness in any one year. Half the people who experience mental illness will not seek treatment and delayed treatment will adversely affect the success of any clinical intervention.

These numbers would indicate that acute hospitals, aged care services, and medical practices would have clients presenting with mental illness that require support and diagnosis – but a large number of these services do not employ mental health trained staff.

There will also be a number of staff in the workplace who will also experience a mental illness in the next 12 months and your service will need to have the resources to identify those that may need support and ongoing assistance.

At the completion of the course, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to safely have a conversation with a suicidal person. This is not a postvention course and is not recommended for individuals recently bereaved by suicide.

The MHFA for the Suicidal Person course is not a therapy or a support group and it is important that people undertaking the course are feeling relatively robust when they undertake it.

Specific postvention support services can be found at the Beyond Blue website.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to identify warning signs for suicide
  • How to confidently support a person in crisis
  • How to help the person stay safe
  • How to connect someone to appropriate professional help

Course participants receive a Certificate of Completion as evidence of their continuing CPD requirements.

Please Note:

  • Any interested Nurse or other health professionals can attend.
  • This course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give mental health first aid support to others.
  • Numbers to this course are limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

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Our Presenter:

Sue Walker

R.N., BACH NURSING (Admin), M.P.H.C. (Palliative Care), MACN

Specialist Nurse Educator

Sue Walker is a Director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and the Nursing CPD Institute. As a Registered Nurse Sue holds Degrees in Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Primary Health Care majoring in Palliative Care, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, Chemotherapy Administration, Training and Assessment, and is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Workshop Program:

22/04/2020 | 0830 – 1230

Sessions covered in this workshop are:

  • Impact of suicide in our society, Warning signs for suicide and how to confidently support the person in crisis
  • Continuation of strategies that you can employ to support the person and helping the person stay safe


This Course is Endorsed by

This training course is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 12 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard

This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim up to 12 CPD hours.

Successful completion of the Standard Mental Health First Aid course earns 12 CMHN continuing professional education (CPE) points.

This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim up to 12 CPD hours.

The Venue:

Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters

Corner of Sunshine Boulevard & Markeri Street
Mermaid Waters, The Gold Coast

If you are looking for a place to stay, we have secured a special rate for our attendees, of $149.00 per night including breakfast, call 07 5572 2500 and quote the reservation number (#2473132) when making your booking to take advantage of this offer.

Things to do during your visit

The attractions of the Gold Coast bring smiles to people of all ages and stages. With exhilarating rides, exotic animals and endless waterslides to help you cool off on hot summer days, your Gold Coast holiday offers a full spectrum of interactive entertainment – from dazzling big budget Gold Coast theme parks to small, hilariously kitsch museums.

Amusements and Theme Parks

The Coast’s kid cred is already world renowned – theme parks rise from the sand and sea. Jump into cute, cuddly and roaring wildlife encounters; worlds built entirely for those that bounce; and ice-creameries serving up sugar highs from just about every corner.

Need a bit of Retail Therapy?

Shopping on the Gold Coast reflects an easy, breezy resort aesthetic – markets, outlet malls, boutiques and high-end designers.

Enjoy some fabulous food

The Coast is a place where night bites, hatted restaurants, street-eats and breweries are all served with a side of alfresco. A place where five-star feasting means dusting the sand from your feet; where surfers swap their boards for a latte at sun-up and little ones break from beachside frolics to feast on epic spreads of fish and chips.

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See what other MHFA attendees have said…

I thought the course was very well structured and contained up to date information, the trainer was engaging and had a style that was both informative and friendly. Ben

A really great course that has given me confidence and practical strategies to support a person with mental health challenges. I wouldn’t change a thing and have already recommended this course to pretty much everyone I know. George

Very informative and relevant to me not only as a mother/carer of my boys with Mental Health problems but in my role as a first responder/first aider. Nahla

Conference Education Governance

The Governance oversight for the content of this Conference program and the issuing of the associated CPD Certificate is provided by the Education Governance Committee of the Nursing CPD Institute (NCI). The NCI is committed to providing high quality, clinically relevant education for Nurses. They believe that the knowledge and skills of an individual Nurse has a huge impact on the success of a patient’s experience in the healthcare system and provide a range of education content to do just that. The education sessions are provided by and in consultation with subject experts with proven experience in their field of speciality.

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Costs & Inclusions


  • An education program based on current best practice information
  • A Presenter that is recognised as an expert in their field and is excited to be able to share their skill, knowledge, and passion with program Attendees
  • A satchel that includes a notepad, pen, lanyard, and additional information to support a fantastic education experience
  • A lovely morning tea
  • A Certificate of Completion issued by Mental Health First Aid Australia for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio
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Registration Cost


$142.50 (NCI Members)

*prices include GST

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