Club member, Chief Inspector Gary Raymond APM OAM (Ret’d) Dip. VET created SMIT – Suicide Prevention Six Minute Intensive Training to educate the community in Suicide Prevention in a timely and simple manner, enabling them to save lives, and to reduce the rate of suicides, attempted suicides and homicides.
As a Former NSW Police Rescue Suicide Crisis Negotiator for ten years, he specialised in retrieving people threatening to jump from a height and retrieved over 200 people.
Suicide Prevention SMIT Mission To educate the community in Suicide Prevention in a timely and simple manner enabling them to save lives.
Suicide Prevention SMIT Plan & Purpose The general community is not educated in suicide prevention. The community at large won’t attend a Suicide Prevention Workshop. SMIT is an outreach program going to the community.
Reasons for developing the Suicide Prevention SMIT Suicide in Australia 2020 – 2,384 males – 755 females – Total: 3,139 1,103 deaths on the roads of Australia in 2020 – 52% people aged 30 – 59 – 24% people aged 15 – 29 – 23% people aged 60 and over
Reasons for developing the Suicide Prevention SMIT Suicide in Australia 2020 – 90% of people who suicided had mental and behavioural disorders – high risk – Disruption of family, separation and divorce – high risk – All addicts – high risk – LGBTQI – high risk – Young men 18 – 25 – high risk Intoxicated people (drugs or alcohol) – high risk – People depressed, anxiety or psychotic – high risk
Reasons for developing the Suicide Prevention SMIT Suicide in Australia 2020 In 2020 – 223 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders suicided Around 65,000 people attempt suicide every year in Australia
Suicide Prevention SMIT Plan & Purpose Most community or work groups cannot afford their staff to attend a half day, full day or longer workshops on Suicide Prevention. Most are time poor, short staffed and financially strained.
Suicide Prevention SMIT Plan & Purpose SMIT is only 6 minutes duration which most community or work groups can afford. There is no cost to the SMIT participants or their workplace. SMIT is only 6 minutes duration which gives the most vital information to the participants.
Suicide Prevention SMIT Plan & Purpose SMIT can be presented indoors or outdoors as it utilises Information Boards, Information Booklets, PowerPoint Presentation and Pamphlets.
SMIT can be presenting in the following places – Factories – Workshops – Offices – Police, Ambulance, Fire, SES, RFS, BRA stations – Surf Life Saving Clubs – Service Club meetings – Door to Door – Transport Depots – Medical Facilities – Aged Care Facilities – Defence Force Establishments – Conferences – Holiday Venues
Suicide Prevention SMIT Plan & Purpose SMIT enables people to learn Suicide Prevention who would normally not have the opportunity to receive and act on such lifesaving information.
Suicide Prevention SMIT Plan & Purpose – After participating in SMIT, many people are enthused to seek further training and education on Suicide Prevention and other allied Mental Health subjects. – After participating in SMIT, many people are enthused to be trained and present SMIT to their own community. –SMIT presenter’s training is 1 hour duration either face to face or over one of the video medias.
If you are interested in this program, would like to hear more, or would like to arrange a presentation to your group, please contact us via the Contract Us page of the website.