This one-day lifesaving workshop CALM (Connect, Ask, Listen, Monitor) teaches you how to carry out life-saving interventions for someone who may be thinking about ending their own life. This workshop will help you recognise the subtle warning signs that are often missed or overlooked, how to open up a conversation in a comfortable manner, and know what to say. Above all it will empower you to “keep CALM”. This is an evidence-based and lived experience informed program.
We deliver training in a supportive, respectful, and inclusive environment, accepting each individual’s differences, with consideration and adaptation for their culturally diverse needs. The CALM program is also written to meet cultural differences within our communities. The program is tailored to meet the unique needs of specific groups i.e. youth, men, LGBTIQ, and members of the general community, and achieves this using group specific resources.
Download a pdf of our our Evidence-based Report CALM Evaluation Report 2020
Scroll down this page to see detailed information on ‘what you will learn’ in this one day workshop and ‘what you will receive’
What 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.
- 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.
- How to guide the person to set up and use the ‘Be Safe’ app.
- How you can use the ‘Be CALM’ conversations app on the spot, when you start that conversation.
- How to follow up and monitor the persons progress.
What You Will Receive:
- A 24-page booklet with examples of helpful responses and practical questions to ask at any stage of the conversation. Your workbook also lists all relevant National Helplines and Websites in Australia.
- You will be given access to the ‘Be Calm’ app which will seamlessly guide you through the C-A-L-M model. You can use it on the spot at short notice to support the person you are working with during an intervention.
- You will be given a wallet card to act as a helpful reminder of the C-A-L-M steps when doing an intervention.
- You will have access to the ‘Be Safe’ app for the person you are supporting, and peace of mind knowing that their plan for safety is now documented and accessible to them when they most need it.
- You will be given a printed certificate of attendance that you can proudly put on display.
- You will have access to materials on our website to further your learnings and development.
- Our trainers have first-hand experience in working with persons with suicide ideation, and supporting them towards safety.
- This evidence-based program is focused on what really works when someone is feeling hopeless and helpless about life.