More than 500 people are expected to attend the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Adelaide this week, with a focus on quality practice, research, and the voice of lived experience.

Joining international and national speakers at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Centacare’s Elaine Reynolds will present on Wednesday, July 25.

Elaine’s address `Navigating the Maze’ will explore way-finding with young people at risk of suicide, families and communities.

Through ASCEND, a youth suicide intervention program, Centacare supports young people aged up to 25 years who are at risk of self-harm.

The program provides specialised training to build the capacity of those who work with, or support, at-risk young people to respond appropriately and recognise warning signs. Our training builds on professional and lived experience.

“Our presentation highlights that without building knowledge and skills in the people within the young person’s space –  for example, their parents, friends, teachers, coaches – they will not find their way through the maze to enter any type of intervention to work with professionals,” Elaine said.

Showcasing the best work from around the globe and in Australia, the conference is recognised as an important vehicle for ensuring that services provide the best available support to those at risk in a timely and effective manner.

The event aims to:

  • Increase sector commitment to participate in a collaborative approach to suicide prevention
  • Enhance community participation in suicide prevention activities
  • Facilitate the continuation and development of quality suicide prevention initiatives

International speakers include David Covington, CEO and President of RI International; Carol Hopkins, Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation; and Professional Paul Yip, Director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the University of Hong Kong.

For more information, visit the event website.