Suicide is at record levels in Australia. It's a statistic that is filled with tragedy. There are few that have not been touched by suicide in some way. And for those of us who are trying to support someone at risk of suicide it can be a heartbreaking challenge.
This weekend at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute we will be looking at how to raise our awareness of this issue. Day One: Suicide Awareness. Some of the topics day one of this weekend will explore include: myths and facts surrounding suicide; risk and protective factors; why values, beliefs and attitudes are so important; as is self reflection.
We will also consider the person at risk's perspective and what to do when we encounter someone thinking or talking about suicide. Day Two: Suicide Prevention. Today will provide some insight through mindfulness techniques that will help us to support someone at risk of suicide in a better way. By understanding how our own mind works we can ensure that the support we offer is not judgemental, is motivated by kindness and compassion, is practical and can be used easily.
Considering most of us will at some time in our life have a friend, relative or work colleague who is thinking about suicide, this weekend will help to provide confidence, understanding and the courage to offer support in a way that is helpful and of benefit to both the person at risk and the support person. Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 9 am to 4 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. Facility Fee $75 for each day or $150 for the weekend.Participants can join for either day or both together. Accommodation and meals available separately. Carla Pearse is a Buddhist nun from the Tibetan tradition who has worked with many hundreds of people at risk of suicide over the past 15 years. book now Apart from the formal study programmes, Chenrezig Institute is a peaceful, calm and relaxing place to spend a few hours, days or weeks. Stroll along the bush paths, wander in formal garden, espresso in the cafe or a vegetarian meal. Teachers' availability subject to change; please http://www.chenrezig.com.au/programme/calendar/ for updated information.
This Precious Life: Suicide Awareness and Prevention with Carla Pearse
9 am to 4 pm
13 May - 14 may 2017
Facility Fee $75 for each day or $150 for the weekend
Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo
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