LIYAN Natural Helpers Program
Target audience: Kimberley community members who wish to build suicide intervention skills.
Course duration: Approximately three hours delivered in half a day.
Availability: Face-to-face, virtual.
Overview: The LIYAN Natural Helper’s Program and its associated resources were developed by the KAMS SEWB Team in partnership with the Kimberley Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Trial staff, in response to community need for a Kimberley-specific suicide intervention training program.
LIYAN is a Yawuru word that means inner feeling or spirit. The program’s name was informed by its purpose to build the capacity of Natural Helpers (i.e. community members) to support those around them who may be deliberately harming themselves or feeling suicidal.
Upon completion of the training, participants are provided with the LIYAN Natural Helper’s Toolkit and LIYAN self-help card as resources to support the implementation of learned skills.
- Build community understanding of deliberate self-harm and suicidal behaviours and how to recognise them;
- Provide community members with a five-step plan they can use to support people at risk of deliberate self-harm and suicidal behaviours;
- Increase awareness of mental health support services available in Kimberley communities.