M1: Providing Emotional Support to Persons with Potential Suicidality
Samaritans of Singapore
About this course
In Singapore, there is at least 1 suicide a day and it is estimated that for every life lost to suicide, up to 80 next-of-kin, friends and acquaintances can be affected (International Association for Suicide Prevention).
The first national survey on suicide, a perception study conducted by Singapore Management University published on 9 May 2022, found that more than 3 in 4 Singaporeans (77%) rate their level of knowledge about suicide as below average. For everyone who would avoid a person with potential suicidality or in a crisis, more than 70% say it is their fear of making the affected person worse, their lack of ability to do anything, as well as their lack of knowledge.
This Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to provide emotional support to persons with potential suicidality or in a suicide crisis.
What you will learn
- Recognize how one's attitude towards suicide affects the communication process with persons with potential suicidality.
- Apply empathy, active listening skills and questioning techniques when engaging a potentially suicidal person.
- Apply a structured framework to engage and provide emotional support for potentially suicidal person.
- Apply code of ethics when engaging a suicidal person.