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Students With Additional Needs (SWAN) News
“Project We Care” is an initiative of The Gladstone Port Curtis Rotary Club and is currently being piloted at Toolooa State High School and Gladstone South State School. It aims to use evidence based, long term sustainable and whole population strategies to make our community suicide safer. It aims to use a variety of psycho-educational strategies and programs implemented across Prep to Year 12 with school students, staff, connected government and non-government agencies, to make a difference. Toolooa State High is very proud to have been chosen to be the inaugural secondary school for the pilot.
As part of “Project We Care”, the Gladstone Port Curtis Rotary Club has funded the significant cost of having locally based facilitators trained to present Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) to school staff and other government and non-government agencies
Two out of the three accredited facilitators as members of staff,  Lea Sycamore, Youth Worker and Jenny Morris, SWAN Guidance Officer.
ASIST helps people to:
  • Increase their awareness of suicide and see prevention opportunities they may otherwise miss;
  • Become more alert to clues and communications that someone may be thinking of suicide;
  • Ask about suicide and respond in ways that show understanding and assess risk;
  • Work with persons at risk to increase their safety;
  • Facilitate links with further help from family, friends and professional helpers as needed.
The workshop helps people apply suicide first aid in many settings - with family, friends, co-workers and team mates and more formal helping roles. Many organisations have adopted the program as part of the professional development of their workers in suicide intervention training. The program’s widespread use in communities across Australia helps promote a common language of assessment, risk management and referral across diverse organisational backgrounds.
During 2013, more than a dozen Toolooa staff have completed the training, with more to attend during 2014!
For any further information about the training or “Project We Care”, feel free to contact Lea or Jenny.
Jenny Morris,
Toolooa House.