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CALM-Suicide Intervention Training (RCLDS)

Tuesday July 11, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Course Overview

Learn how to understand, respond to and prevent suicide. An evidence based, Australian training program that empowers you to have a ‘CALM conversation’ about suicide, to reduce stigma, promote help seeking and save lives.

CALM empowers participants to recognise and respond to suicide risk, and to support someone through stages of positive intervention, the development of a safety plan, and linking to other services for further help.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Different and more effective ways of asking someone about 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.

Important Information

Training in a supportive, respectful and inclusive environment, accepting each individual’s differences, with consideration and adaptation for their culturally diverse needs.

Please be aware that suicide can be a very emotive topic and we take extra steps to ensure a safe and supportive environment. If you have experienced a loss to suicide close to you in the last year or so we recommend you do not attend this workshop without some additional support or assistance.

Trainer Bio: Melanie Schroder

Melanie has 25 years’ experience working across government, education, and community sector with a focus on mental health, suicide intervention / prevention and conflict resolution /peace building.  She has post graduate qualifications in counselling as well as mediation / conflict resolution and currently works with many universities and associations as an educator, counsellor, trainer, coach, and assessor.

Melanie’s professional aim is to make our communities suicide aware and more inclusive for all. Recognising the impact of conflict and the need to ensure the safety of our clients before, during and after a conflict resolution process, Melanie is focussed on supporting all to recognise signs of suicide ideation; know how to ask the question and then develop a meaningful safety plan; and or refer appropriately. She uses her lived experience and her professional learnings to ensure what is delivered is current, meaningful, and enabling.





Tuesday July 11
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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