CALM is a one day workshop that teaches you how to carry out life-saving interventions for someone who may be thinking about ending their own life. Losing someone to suicide is a tragedy that is preventable with the right skills and tools. This workshops will help you recognise the subtle warning signs that are often missed, and how to open up a conversation in a comfortable and safe manner. This is an evidence-based program, informed by lived experience with a focus on what language to use to achieve a positive outcome.

You will learn:

  • What to do and what to say to someone thinking of suicide,
  • How to recognize the often ‘overlooked’ subtle signs that someone may be thinking suicide,
  • How to keep CALM and comfortably continue a conversation after asking about suicide,
  • How to help someone talk about their worries and concerns,
  • How to help the person not feel judged, but rather understood and supported,
  • How to help the person see that suicide might not be the only answer and that safety could be an option for them,
  • How to work together on a commitment to safety,
  • How to monitor the persons progress.

    You will receive:

  • A 24 page book with examples of what to say or ask at any stage of the conversation, including a list of all National Helplines and Websites in Australia.
  • You will be given access to the CALM Conversations App, titled ‘Be Calm’ that you can use during an intervention and ‘on the spot’ at short notice.
  • The person you are assisting will have access to the CALM ‘Be Safe’ App. you can find this app in your app store by searching these three words: ‘be safe suicide’ and looking for the large blue square with a big white ‘C’ in the centre.
  • You will have access to additional and helpful information on the CALM website to further your learning and development.
  • You will be given a printed certificate of attendance that you can proudly put on display.
  • Our trainers are qualified counsellors, with first hand experience in working with persons with suicide ideation, and assisting them towards safety.
  • This Australian evidence-based program is based on therapeutic strategies that are proven to work.
  • This 1 day workshop can be held for your staff at your workplace, or you can send your staff to a scheduled workshop, view the official website for public training dates at:
  • All enquiries or expression of interest can be directed to our trainers, Sandra Willie or Melanie Schroder by email or telephone: (07)3077 6536; Mobile: 0433 121 999 or email:;