Crisis Helpline Service in Ukraine – A Feature of Mental Health Reform

Date/Time: Mon 09 Oct / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Caulfield Campus, HB40

Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (LLCL)

Public Lecture

Crisis Helpline Service in Ukraine – A Feature of Mental Health Reform

There are estimated to be more than 1,000 crisis helpline services worldwide. They include telephone and other technology channels for delivery such as online chat, text and messaging and email.  As Ukraine strengthens and reforms its service system for mental health and wellbeing to service its population, which is going through substantial challenge and transitions, a national crisis helpline service would be an appropriate initiative enabling a responsive approach to suicide prevention on a national scale. A first step should be a statement of strategic intent guiding the development of a national crisis helpline and articulating its intended benefits. The national crisis helpline should ideally be operated by a non-government organization, encouraging the involvement of community supports and the development of a charitable sector in Ukraine as part of the overall direction of mental health and wellbeing reforms.

Alan Woodward is the Executive Director for the Lifeline Research Foundation in Australia.  Through the Lifeline Research Foundation he has overseen research projects for Lifeline’s crisis chat service, suicide hot spot interventions and suicide prevention training programs. He has led service development for the Lifeline Australia 13 11 14 crisis line and participated in the development of Lifeline Online Crisis Support Chat. In 2010 he coordinated Lifeline Australia’s submission to the Australian Senate Inquiry into Suicide. Alan Woodward is a Board Director with Suicide Prevention Australia, chairs the Policy Committee for Suicide Prevention Australia, and is a member of the NSW Mental Health Commission Community Advisory Council and the RUOK? Day Scientific Committee. He is a coordinator of the International Association for Suicide Prevention Helplines Special Interest Group and has participated in the steering committee for the World Alliance of Crisis Helplines. He contributed to the establishment of the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention and development of the National Research Plan on Suicide Prevention.
Alan Woodward is the author of the June, 2017 report “National Crisis Helpline in Ukraine.”

Monday 9th October

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Lecture Theatre HB40
Basement Level, Building H
Caulfield Campus

For more information, please contact Jocelyne Mohamudally on 9905 2223.

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