Suicide is a global issue faced by many communities around the world. In Singapore, there is an average of one suicide death PER DAY. The first national perception study on suicide published by SMU found that fear, stigma and the lack of knowledge in suicide prevention result in one’s avoidance despite the desire to help. The ability to engage the suicidal person and provide emotional support is the first step to encourage further help seeking.
In this programme, you will learn to identify individuals who may be in distress, and will be equipped with basic techniques to engage them in an empathetic and professional manner, and to encourage them to seek help. This knowledge and skill-based programme will encourage the ‘Samaritans’ to be more confident and better equipped with the know-how to be an available lifeline to anyone in crisis.