Oftentimes there are subtle signs that someone is struggling with life, and when these feelings become unbearable, they may start thinking that suicide is their only option. This 3.5-hour (or less) CALM Care program teaches you how to be suicide aware and recognise when someone may be thinking about ending their life. This online course will help you recognise, the subtle warning signs that are often missed or overlooked, how to approach them, make a connection, and know what to say. Above all, it will equip you, to confidently put your hand up, when someone is signalling they need care. This is an evidence informed and lived experience informed program.

What You Will Learn:

  • how to recognise the signs that someone may be at risk of suicide
  • how to approach them and make a connection
  • how to overcome the reluctance to ask about suicide
  • learn about the power of listening
  • what to do to ensure the person’s safety is addressed and they are protected from suicide
  • how to use the ‘Calm Care’ app so that support is ongoing for the person as they work through their pain and distress

What you need to know:

  • The course consists of 4 lessons, and 33 topics, including 5 videos
  • The duration is approximately 3.5 hours (or less)
  • This is not a webinar or zoom presentation, it is a self-paced course.
  • We suggest using Google, Microsoft Edge or Firefox on a laptop.
  • Other browsers may work but are not as reliable.
  • You have 30 days access to complete the course.
  • A certificate is issued upon completion.
  • Before commencing the course you will be reminded to download the Calm Care booklet which is referenced throughout the course.
  • We appreciate that suicide is a sensitive topic for many, and we suggest that you have supports available if you find yourself upset during or after the course.

Course Overview

  1. Gain an awareness of the impact of suicide in Australia.
  2. Clarity around myths & facts.
  3. Self-awareness.
  4. Knowledge of warning signs.
  5. Gain an insight into the reluctance to talk about suicide.
  6. Connecting is the first step in the model.
  7. Video, “Let’s connect with Sarah”
  8. Video “Let’s connect with Brad
  9. Learn to be a little bit ‘nosey’.
  1. Learn how to resist the ‘Righting Reflex’
  2. Trust exercise
  3. Learn to be comfortable asking someone about suicide
  4. Video, “I’m waiting for someone to ask me”
  5. Asking is the second step in the model
  6. How do you overcome the FEAR of asking?
  7. What if they say ‘YES’?
  8. What if they say ‘NO’?
  9. What if they tell you on the telephone?
  1. Learn to be a good listener
  2. An overview of the Mehrabian communication model
  3. Video “Learn about the power of listening”
  4. Video “Learn about the power of acknowledgment”
  5. Referring is the third step in the mode
  6. Have a strategy for a warm “hand-over”
  7. Examples of using the warm-handover method
  1. Learn how to use the Calm Care mobile phone app
  2. Understand your boundaries
  3. Exist is the fourth step in the model
  4. Learn how to practice the model
  5. Understand the importance of self-care
  6. What is burn-out
  7. What is compassion fatigue
  8. What is vicarious trauma