Saving lives – Suicide Crisis Negotiation
Friday 14 September 2018
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Raymond APM, OAM (Retired)
In his session, Gary will explain the basics of Suicide Crisis Negotiation to prevent a person from taking their own life. He will explain the dangers, the approach, the do’s & don’ts of the negotiation methodology.
Negotiating at heights has its own hazards such as the height involved, the surface on which they are standing or sitting, the weather conditions, time of day or night, people armed with weapons as well as threatening to jump, the suicidal person attempting to grab the rescuer, bystanders goading the person to jump or intrusive media.
Gary will also cover suicide threats by people with weapons, hazardous materials, in nooses, improvised explosive devices or locked into their suicide machines.
Gary will explain the difference between negotiating with people who are sober or intoxicated, and those displaying psychotic symptoms.
Finally, Gary will discuss the emotional & psychological aftermath to the rescuer if a person suicides in their presence.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Raymond APM, OAM (Retired)
Diploma in Vocational Education & Training.
Gary was appointed to the Police Rescue Squad for 10 years.
He performed 1,500 rescues including cliff rescues, vehicle crash rescues, industrial rescues, improvised explosive device disposals, armed offender situations, search & rescues.
Gary performed rescue & law enforcement missions on the Police Helicopter. Gary is best known for his Suicide Crisis Negotiation skills, especially those threatening to jump from heights. He has successfully negotiated over 200 suicidal people from heights, with firearms, knives, razor blades, doused in fuel, in nooses, threatening to take tablets or drink poison.
Gary performed duty at the Granville Train Disaster, Hilton Hotel Bombing, Luna Park Ghost Train Fire, Thredbo Landslide Disaster, Savoy Hotel Christmas Day Fire, Pacific Heights Nursing Home Fire, Newcastle Earthquake, Manly Ferry running aground in Little Manly Cove, Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka, Cyclone Larry in North Queensland, Christchurch Earthquake in New Zealand.
Gary then completed his training as a Detective & performed duty in Criminal Investigation. Gary was on the team that successfully investigated the abduction, torture & murder of Nurse Anita Cobby at Blacktown & assassination of the Member of State Parliament John Newman at Cabramatta.
Gary has been presented with bravery awards for performing dangerous rescues & dealing with violent armed offenders. He has received the Order of Australia Medal, the Australian Police Medal, National Police Service Medal, National Medal with Clasp, New South Wales Police Service Medal with Clasp, Granville Train Disaster Medal, Police Commissioner’s 2000 Olympic Games Citation, Police Commissioner’s Certificate of Merit for the Terrorism Risk Assessment of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, National Award of Excellence in Critical Incident Stress Management & Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.
Since his retirement from the NSW Police Force, Gary conducts training in Suicide Prevention, Suicide Crisis Negotiation, Suicide Postvention, Emergency Management, Criminal Investigation & Dealing with Emotional Trauma.
Gary is Chaplain to the Police Post Trauma Support Groups in New South Wales, Leader Christian Police Fellowship New South Wales, Welfare Officer to the Retired Police Association New South Wales Parramatta/The Hills Branch, Senior Consultant for Risk, Response & Rescue, Patron for the Sydney Search Dogs Rescue Unit, Member of the Rotary Club of Blacktown City & along with his wife, a uniformed member of the Salvation Army.
- Mr Ivan Frkovic, Queensland Mental Health Commissioner.
- Mr David Morton, Director General for Health Policy Programs and Assurance, Joint Health Command, Australian Defence Force.
- Professor Sheena Reilly, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Health), Griffith University.
- Professor David Ellwood, Dean of Medicine & Head of School, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Medicine, Griffith University.
- Professor Ella Arensman, Scientific Director with the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and Research Professor with the School of Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland.
- Associate Professor Annette Erlangsen, Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, National representative for Denmark and co-chair of the Special Interest Group on Suicide in Older Adults for the International Association of Suicide Prevention.
- Dr Marianne Wyder, Senior Research Fellow, Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services.
- Dr Raelene Ward, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southern Queensland.
- Ms Bronwen Edwards, CEO, Roses in the Ocean.
- Mr Sam Webb, co-founder of LIVIN.
- Dr Stuart Leske, Senior Research Assistant, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention.
- Mrs Jacinta Hawgood, Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Registration on the day will begin at 8:00am, with the event commencing at 9:00am sharp.
Venue: The Greek Club, Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane.
Payment Details: $80 (excl GST) for full day attendance (8:00am – 4:15pm, includes morning/afternoon tea and lunch).
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Bursaries are available
We are pleased to advise that a limited number of bursaries are available, for entry to the event (travel excluded). Contact email@example.com for further information. Applications close Friday 31 Aug 2018.
National 24/7 Crisis Services:
· Lifeline: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
· Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
· MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 79 www.mensline.org.au
· Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au