Depression & Suicide Counselling

Depression & Suicide Counselling

A workshop to train lay counselors in counseling skills to help people who suffer from depression and feel suicidal.


Sadness or downswings in mood are normal reactions to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but depression is much more than just sadness.

Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. However, some depressed people don’t feel sad at all—they may feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic, or men in particular may even feel angry, aggressive, and restless.

Whatever the symptoms, depression is different from normal sadness in that it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief. Some people may contemplate suicide. Often people are confronted by a family member or work colleague that have depression or who feels suicidal. How do you handle it?

Main aim of the course


The main aim of the course  is to provide counseling skills to lay counselors to assist people who suffer from depression and feelings of suicide in a variety of situations, who are not registered professionals such as qualified psychologists and social workers.

It will be useful for counselors in a variety of counseling contexts including, but not limited to, schools, NGO’s, Faith-based organisations, the South African Police Service, Hospitals, Clinics , Counselling Call centers, Sports Centers, Education and training facilities, Government and Health and Social Services.

It should develop learners who know their scope of practice, behave ethically in a counselling context, conform to minimum standards and know when to refer a client.

Course overview


The course can be presented as a half day or full day course.

The course covers the Definition of Depression, Signs and Symptoms, Different faces of depression,  Types of depression, Causes and Risk factors, How to help a person who is depressed,  Suicide, How to talk to a suicidal person. Suicide Myths & Facts, Teen suicide.


Course presenter

Dr Willem Wiid

Group size

+ 10-20 persons


Cost is R 250.00 per person with a minimum of 10 persons.  Cost include one manual, but excludes travelling, refreshments, venue hire.

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