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Suicide Prevention Training

Foundation AWIT Supports Suicide Prevention Initiative

The Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM), Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organization through the WHO Philippine Country Office and the Foundation for Advancing Wellness, Instruction and Talents (AWIT), recently sponsored a series of suicide prevention lectures and training in Manila.

The first of the series was the presentation of the Mental Health First Aid Guidelines for Helping a Suicidal Person: A Delphi Consensus Study in the Philippines on July 5, 2011 at the University Hotel, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City by the principal investigator, Dr.Erminia Colucci. Dr. Colucci is the research program coordinator at the Centre for International Mental Health at The University of Melbourne whose research led to the development of the Suicide First Aid Guidelines for the Philippines (SFAG- Phil).

Following this event was the conduct of Trainers' Training on Suicide Prevention based on the Suicide First Aid Guidelines for the Philippines held on July 11 and 12 also at the University Hotel. The 2-day workshop was conducted by Dr. Colucci and Dr. Dinah Nadera, Associate Professor of the UP Open University and country coordinator for the development of SFAG-Phil. Dr. Isabel Melgar of the Ateneo de Manila University and the Philippine Educational Theater Association, led by Ms. Abigail Billones of its Children's Theater Program, co-facilitated the training. Both events were attended by psychiatrists, psychologists, guidance counselors, social workers, and mental health advocates in the academic, government, and non-government institutions

As a result of the training, the University of Santo Tomas Guidance and Counseling Department, College of Science, and Department of Psychology hosted a lecture on suicide prevention entitled Save Lives and Build Stronger Communities on July 18 at the Nursing Auditorium, UST campus in Espana, Manila where Dr. Colucci presented Suicide Prevention and Suicide First Aid Guidelines for the Philippines and Dr. Nadera, gave an overview of suicide in the Philippines.

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Mental Health First Aid Guidelines for Helping a Suicidal Person: A Delphi Consensus Study can be downloaded from http://www.ijmhs.com/content/4/1/32. The Suicide First Aid Guidelines for the Philippines can be downloaded from the http://www.ijmhs.com/content/supplementary/1752-4458-4-32-s2.pdf. Hard copies of the guidelines may be requested from foundation.awit@gmail.com. For inquiries regarding the suicide prevention training, please email ecolucci@unimelb.du.ph.

Participants to the first Trainers' Training on Suicide Prevention based on the Suicide First Aid Guidelines for the Philippines, July 11-12, 2011, University Hotel, UP Diliman

Download Suicide First Aid Guidelines for the Philippines PDF (23.8 mb) | Download Tagalog Version PDF (9 mb)

 

Foundation AWIT

Foundation for Advancing Wellness, Instruction and Talents, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization which aims to improve health, education and creative capacity of differently-abled persons through research and capacity building.

Who We Are

The foundation was established in memory of Awit Nadera (July 10, 2002 - December 13, 2006) who had hearing impairment, seizure disorder and global developmental delay.