Farm machinery employees at Molong are better equipped with providing mental health first aid after completing a specialised course recently.
The employees of manufacturer, Davimac Group, can now provide the first aid to someone who is feeling suicidal after graduating from the TAFE NSW short course.
According to Lifeline, suicide remains the leading cause of death in Australia with an average of eight deaths per day.
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At the graduation, Davimac Group Human Resources Manager, Jane Weekes, said completing the Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person course helped raise everyone's awareness.
"The feedback from participants was positive - we learnt that mental health, and in particular suicide, is a major issue that people are dealing with in today's society," she said.
"We have a great team at Davimac and feel the training will give our employees the tools to be able to help themselves or someone else, if they ever find themselves in this situation.
"Even if this training only ever helps one person, the course was worthwhile in every aspect."
TAFE NSW Community Services Head Teacher, Sharna Dean, said while the course can be a little confronting, it was really important more workplaces in the central west start encouraging their employees to start this vitally important and potentially life-saving conversation.
For more on the course visit www.tafensw.edu.au. If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.