Free Webinar – Suicide Prevention and Older People

FREE World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Webinar – Suicide Prevention and Older People

iStock_000008739146_reducedThe UnitingCare Community Elder Abuse Prevention Unit is hosting a webinar series during the month of June to coincide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.   The webinars are open to anyone interested, however priority will be given to rural and remote workers as there are only 200 places available.

The first webinar will address Suicide Prevention and Older People and will be held on 2 June 2015 from 12—2pm. 

The guest speaker will be Karen Prestige from UnitingCare Community. This program seeks to build individuals capacity to engage with people in need, and to connect to appropriate support. Participants will gain an increased awareness of suicide myths and warning signs and how to connect a person at risk of suicide with appropriate support. In 2013, there were 2,522 deaths by suicide, which equates to around seven deaths by suicide in Australia each day or one suicide every four hours. Men are four times more likely to die by suicide. The highest age-specific suicide rate for males in 2013 was observed in the 85+ age group. This rate was considerably higher than the age-specific suicide rate observed in all other age groups, with the next highest age-specific suicide rate being in the 45-49 and 50-54 year age groups and the 80-84 year age group.

To join please click on the  link below and follow the instructions provided: Enter Session Number: 866 155 680

To hear the presenter participants will need speakers on their computer, if you don’t have speakers there is the option of listening in by phone.  A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with detailed instructions for logging on on the day. Please ensure you keep your confirmation email.

Some things to keep in mind on the day: – Please allow an additional 30 minutes to login as the webinar site may take a little while to fully load, – When you click on the link it will look like the picture below, click on the “Run a temporary application” link as circled. Make sure to ‘allow’ any pop-ups asking you to run add-ons.   If the site says that it cannot validate the login click on “Connect Anyway” – Once connected a window will pop up asking you to test the speakers and microphone.  You should test your speakers, but if you don’t have a microphone that’s no problem. You can just close the “Speaker/Mircophone Audio Test” window.  You will be able to post questions during the webinar via a chat feature. –  As a courtesy to your fellow attendees please ensure you mute your microphone during the webinar.

We hope you enjoy the webinar and look forward to your feedback. If you have any quesitons, trouble logging on  or would like more information about WEAAD or the EAPU please contact us on or phone on 07 3867 2525.