First to respond are often exposed to stressful situations.
Frontline workers are often the first to respond when someone is in suicidal crisis and can play a key role in de-escalating a crisis, improving immediate safety, and encouraging a person to access and engage with care.
Frontline workers are also exposed to stressful situations and trauma themselves and can become vulnerable to suicide. Australian statistics show high numbers of suicide deaths among emergency services personnel.
Offering suicide prevention training to those on the frontline can build their capacity to respond to those in need – both members of the community and their colleagues.
Behind the Seen are based on the Central Coast and is a project developed from lived experience to raise awareness of the unique lifestyle and incident stresses experienced by frontline emergency service providers and their families. For more information on Behind the Seen click here for their website.