The team at the Muslim Women’s Association of SA continually strives for improvement in all areas: better programs, better services, better events. The first step towards improving in these areas is for staff and volunteers to upskill, diversify and network through training opportunities.
Recently Amanda, Marketing and Communications Officer, undertook the Suicide Prevention Workshop offered by Wesley LifeForce. The workshop is delivered free of charge to service providers and community members.
Amanda found the workshop to be comprehensive, starting with how personal beliefs can affect how we would potentially help someone who is having thoughts about suicide, going through which questions need asking and how to ask them, through to making a short term plan to protect someone in a crisis and where to refer them for continuing support.
Preservation of life is a basic principle of Islam, as demonstrated below in a direct quote from the Quran.
“And do not kill yourselves [or one another].”
– Quran, Sahih International English Translation, Surah (chapter) 4 An-Nisa (The Women), Ayat (paragraph) 29
As Muslims we believe that every life has value and must act accordingly. Learning about the warning signs and prevention strategies is useful.
Help and resources are available. Lifeline is a free 24 hour telephone crisis support service, they can be reached on 13 11 14.