PROJECT: The Piano Tree Project coordinator Ashton Ball.
PROJECT: The Piano Tree Project coordinator Ashton Ball.

Workshops to reduce suicide rates in regional towns

CLERMONT students and adults will be equipped with the tools to save lives through several free mental health workshops.

The Piano Tree Project, funded by the Queensland Government and implemented by Clermont Community Housing and Other Services Inc., was created to build resilience and skills within the community.

Project co-ordinator Ashton Ball said the workshops would provide locals with the skills and knowledge to support family and friends while looking after themselves and the community.

"You need to be able to have those skills to identify when people are in need of help and how you can manage it and help them yourself," she said.

The Piano Tree Project, funded by the Queensland Government and implemented by Clermont Community Housing and Other Services Inc., was created to build resilience and skills within the community.
The Piano Tree Project, funded by the Queensland Government and implemented by Clermont Community Housing and Other Services Inc., was created to build resilience and skills within the community.

LivingWorks will run three different free workshops in Clermont this year preparing people of all ages of how to identify and deal with mental health issues.

A half-day SafeTALK session will be held on Monday, March 16 to identify other people with thoughts of suicide and connect them with lifesaving first aid resources.

Mrs Ball said the workshops were open to teenagers and adults.

"They're going to be adults eventually down the track and they need those skills as well," she said.

"It helps build them up."

Mrs Ball said it was important for teens to build their resilience to enable them to support a friend, or themselves, given the concern about teen suicide in the region.

"If they can identify the signs of mental health issues and help deal with that, it will make a huge difference," she said.

A two-day workshop, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) two-day will be held in June to give people skills, knowledge and confidence to carry out lifesaving interventions for people at risk of suicide.

Followed by other workshops later in the year including one for primary school students and their parents, which Mrs Ball said would leave them with valuable skills for the future.

Visit the Piano Tree Project Facebook page for more information or call the Clermont Community Housing and Other Services Office at on 4983 3400.

If you need support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.



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