Suicide Prevention Training

Training the community to recognise and respond to suicidality is vital for suicide prevention.

Available Suicide Prevention Training

The list below was compiled to show the many options for suicide prevention training. The list includes information about the training, who provides it, who would benefit from the training and the length of the training as well as links to more information.

Accidental Counsellor Foundations Workshop

Intended Participants: General Public – this course is tailored to the needs of participants

Length: Six Hours

Details: This is a blended course comprised of two hours e-learning and four hours face-to-face with a Lifeline trainer. Participants are provided with basic skills to support someone in emotional crisis by learning how to recognise, respond and refer to an appropriate service. There is also a module on self-care. Despite the name, this course does not train you to become a counsellor or provide long term support. More information…

Organisation: Lifeline: Uniting Care Community

Contact: Nicole McPhee
Ph: 0429 044 546
E: lifeline.training@uccommunity.org.au

Advanced Training in Suicide

Intended Participants: GPs, GP Registrars, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors and all Mental Health Professionals.

Length: Six Hours

Details: Participants will learn how to undertake a risk assessment, develop collaborative safety plans, implement a team approach to treatment planning, plan effective management following a suicide attempt and respond to the needs of people bereaved by suicide. More information…

Organisation: Black Dog Institute

Contact: Alexandra Richardson
P: 02 9382 8515
E: a.richardson@blackdog.org.au

ASIST

Intended Participants: General Public

Length: Two Days

Details: AIST training provides participants with an understanding of the impact of their own attitudes towards suicide can have on the intervention process, knowledge and skills to recognise risk and develop safeplans to reduce the risk of suicide, a model or effective intervention taught through observation and supervised simulation experiences and the resources available in the local community. More information…

Organisation: Living Works

Contact:
Ph: 1300 738 382
E: info@livingworks.com.au 

Organisation: Lifeline: Uniting Care Community

Contact: Nicole McPhee
Ph: 0429 044 546
E: lifeline.training@uccommunity.org.au

 

CALM

Intended Participants: General Public – tailored to meet the needs of specific groups (e.g. youth, men and LGBTIQ)

Length: One Day

Details: The CALM (Connect, Ask, Listen, Monitor) teaches participants how to carry out life-saving interventions for someone who may be thinking about ending their own life. Participants will learn how to recognise the signs that someone might be thinking about suicide, how to have a conversation about suicide, how to help the person feel understood and supported and how to follow up and monitor progress. More information…

Organisation: Keep Calm

Contact: Melanie Schroder 
Ph: (07)3077 6536 or 0407 955 698
E: admin@keepcalm.org.au

Conversations for life

Intended Participants: General Public

Length: Half Day

Details: This workshop provides participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to have conversations with people who are showing signs of distress. It gives participants, an awareness of the prevalence of mental health and suicide in Australia, an understating of the contributing factors, tailored health conversation planning tools, problem solving and communication strategies and support options and resources. More information…

Organisation: ConNettica

Contact:
Ph: (07) 5491-5456
E: info@connetica.com.au

 

 

Counselling by Chance

Intended Participants: General Public – Part of Lifeline’s Corporate Training options

Length: Half Day

Details: Participants learn interpersonal and communication skills and build confidence in using these skills. They will learn how to enhance interactions between themselves and others, and how to best assist someone who is in distress as well as look after themselves.

Organisation: Lifeline: Uniting Care Community

Contact: Nicole McPhee
Ph: 0429 044 546
E: lifeline.training@uccommunity.org.au

Let's talk about suicide

Intended Participants: General Public – Part of Lifeline’s Corporate training options

Length: Three Hours

Details: This workshop teaches participants the skills and knowledge to recognise when someone may be at risk and how to help them stay safe.

Organisation: Lifeline: Uniting Care Community

Contact: Nicole McPhee
Ph: 0429 044 546
E: lifeline.training@uccommunity.org.au

Marcus Mission (Suicide Prevention Young Men)

Intended Participants: Young men, their friends, family and community members

Length: Variable

Details: The Wesley Mission offers two types of workshops under this banner. Their resilience workshops help young men build resilience, optimism, self-awareness, emotional intelligence and practical skills. The second workshop is on suicide prevention and is available to all community members. It helps participants recognise, support, take action and care for those at risk of suicide. More information…

Organisation: Wesley Mission Queensland

Contact: Glen Wallwork
Ph: 5569 1827 or 0419 750 607
E: g.wallwork@wmq.org.au

Mental Health - Aware Training

Intended Participants: General Public – The workshop is tailored to the needs of participants

Length: Six Hours

Details: Equips participants to recognise, respond and refer when working with someone who has a mental health issue and check their safety. This workshop covers topics such as the experiences of people with mental illness, interacting with people with mental illness, how to listen, how to check safety (including asking about suicide) and how to make appropriate referrals. This is a mixed mode course, with 2 hours of e-learning and a 4 hour face-to-face session. More information…

Organisation: Lifeline: Uniting Care Community

Contact: Nicole McPhee
Ph: 0429 044 546
E: lifeline.training@uccommunity.org.au

Mental Health First Aid

Intended Participants: General public –There are a number of more targeted MHFA courses which may be available

Length: Twelve Hours

Details: The 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental health problems covered are depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance abuse. The crises covered are suicidal thoughts and behaviours, self-injury, panic attacks, traumatic events, psychotic states, effects of alcohol and other drugs and aggressive behaviours. Refresher courses are also available. More information…

Organisation: Mental Health First Aid Australia

Contact: Katie Flanders
E: coordinator@educationclarity.com.au

Myndgear

Intended Participants: General Public

Length: Two Hours

Details: Myndgear is an introduction to mental health training. It gives participants with an understanding of depression, anxiety and suicide and the brain functions that are occurring. It also provides participants with strategies to reduce the stigma of mental health and the derogatory language used regarding mental health, as well as strategies to improve one’s own mental health and wellbeing. More information..

Organisation: ConNettica

Contact:
Ph: (07) 5491-5456
E: info@connetica.com.au

Navigating Grief

Intended Participants: General Public – Part of Lifeline’s Corporate training options

Length: Three Hours

Details: Participants learn how to care for themselves and those around them during times of loss and grief.

Organisation: Lifeline: Uniting Care Community

Contact: Nicole McPhee
Ph: 0429 044 546
E: lifeline.training@uccommunity.org.au

Non-Accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Intended Participants: General Public

Length: Two Days

Details: Participants learn how to deliver Mental Health First Aid. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. The course teaches participants how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Mental health problems covered are depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance abuse. The crises covered are suicidal thoughts and behaviours, self-injury, panic attacks, traumatic events, psychotic states, effects of alcohol and other drugs and aggressive behaviours. Refresher courses are also available. More information…

Organisation: Lifeline: Uniting Care Community

Contact: Nicole McPhee
Ph: 0429 044 546
E: lifeline.training@uccommunity.org.au

Peer Skills Supportive Relationships in the Workplace

Intended Participants: General Public – Part of Lifeline’s Corporate Training options

Length: Two Days

Details: In this team building workshop, participants will learn how to contribute to an effective and supportive working environment. They will explore; their personal and organisational values, problem solving techniques, personal wellbeing and supportive relationships in the context of the workplace.

Organisation: Lifeline: Uniting Care Community

Contact: Nicole McPhee
Ph: 0429 044 546
E: lifeline.training@uccommunity.org.au

Resilience for life

Intended Participants: General Public – people who may experience a mental health crisis

Length: Half to One Day

Details: Resilience for life provides participants with an understanding of the key elements of resilience, scientific evidence to show how resilience improves wellbeing, practical tips and strategies to build personal resilience and resilient work teams and personal and team resilience action plans. More information…

Organisation: ConNettica

Contact:
Ph: (07) 5491-5456
E: info@connetica.com.au

Resource Minds

Intended Participants: Supervisors, managers, OH&S /HR personnel, shift bosses and front-line responders

Length: Variable

Details: This workshop raises awareness and understanding, reduces stigma, helps people to recognise problems in themselves, family and workmates and encourages everyone to take responsibility for their own mental health by talking to someone and seeking help early. It includes a suite of 13 Toolbox Talks based on the evidence collected from the results of the Rural and Remote Mental Health’s Well-being and Lifestyle survey. More information…

Organisation: Rural and Remote Mental Health

Contact:
Ph: 1300 51 59 51
E: info@rrmh.com.au

safeTALK

Intended Participants: General Public

Length: Half Day

Details: This training provides with participants with the knowledge and understanding to identify people who may have thoughts of suicide, ask them directly about the possibility of suicide, and then connect them to life saving resources. This workshop uses the TALK method (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe) and includes time to practice the steps. More information…

Organisation: Lifeline: Uniting Care Community

Contact: Nicole McPhee
Ph: 0429 044 546
E: lifeline.training@uccommunity.org.au

Organisation: The Rotary Club of Gladstone-Port Curtis

Contact:
Ph: 4976 6306

safeTALK Suicide Prevention: Train the Trainer

Intended Participants: People with the diligence and capacity to become safeTALK trainers

Length: Two Days

Details: This course is the first step to becoming a safeTALK trainer. Here are some of the factors that tend to increase the likelihood of becoming a successful safeTALK trainer:

  • You have completed an ASIST workshop
  • You are a skilled presenter
  • You have good group facilitation skills
  • You are committed to promoting suicide safety through open and direct discussion

You are proficient with PowerPoint (if you want to customize the safeTALK experience).

More information…

Organisation: Living Works

Contact:
Ph: 1300 738 382
E: info@livingworks.com.au

Screening Tool for Assessing risk of Suicide (STARS)

Intended Participants: Health Professionals

Length: Two Days

Details: This is in-depth training to assess the individual and provide a guide for risk management and safety planning/recovery. The objective of STARS is to guide clinical enquiry beginning with asking the client about their story. It is not a psychometric tool for prediction suicidality but rather seeking the client’s view on with the most pressing needs are and of the factors contributing to current suicidal status. Screening Tool for Assessing Risk of Suicide (STARS) training – an Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) training package that is supported by Wesley Mission Queensland. 

Organisation: Wesley Mission

Contact: 
Ph: 1300 738 382
E: info@livingworks.com.au

STOP

Intended Participants: Supervisors and other leaders in industry

Length: Three and a Half Hours

Details: The STOP program aims to equip staff with basic information and tools you need to potentially help one of your work colleagues or team members, who may present as being at risk of suicide. This workshop teaches participants to spot the hazard (warning signs), assess the risk (immediate suicide risk factors) and respond and deal with immediate safety and help the person engage with professional support. More information…

Organisation: Gryphon Psychology

Contact:
Ph: 1800 056 076
Ph: 4953 5499

Stop Male Suicide

Intended Participants: General Public

Length: One Day

Details: Men are three times more likely to take their own lives but less likely than women to report feeling suicidal. This workshop gives participants the pathways to male suicide, how to spot a man with a suicide plan, how to support men to get help and how to keep suicidal men safe. More information…

Organisation: Stop Male Suicide

Contact: Glen Poole
E: StopMaleSuicide@gmail.com

Strengthened for life

Intended Participants: General Public

Length: One Day

Details: The course teaches the underpinning suicidal behavioural patterns and precipitating factors, how to identify a person at imminent risk, competencies for active suicide prevention and intervention. Detailed communication tips and strategies, strategies for wellbeing and templates to record reflections, interventions and personal care action plans. More information… 

Organisation: ConNettica

Contact:
Ph: (07) 5491-5456
E: info@connetica.com.au

 

Stronger Smarter Yarns for Life

Intended Participants: Indigenous Australians or those interested in preventing suicide for this group specifically

Length: One Day

Details: This program gives an understanding of the unique factors contributing to thoughts of suicide for Indigenous people, a strengths based approach to social support and suicide intervention, tailored Indigenous mental health conversation planning tools and a list of suitable referral and support options. More information…

Organisation: ConNettica

Contact:
Ph: (07) 5491-5456
E: info@connetica.com.au

 

Suicide Prevention

Intended Participants: General Public

Length: One Day

Details: This workshop teaches participants the risk and protective factors, how to identify the warning signs that someone may be at risk of suicide, how to ask directly about suicide intent and how to understand what local and national support and resources are available to support a person at risk. More information…

Organisation: Wesley Lifeforce

Contact: Mary McNamara
Ph: 02 9263 5555

Suicide risk assessment and management in emergency departments (SRAM-ED)

Intended Participants: ED doctors, nurses and allied health staff

Length: One and a Half Days

Details: The course is designed to enhance existing knowledge and skills of clinicians delivering care in an emergency department context, working with patients who are at risk of suicide. As the intention of the program is for participant to become facilitators of SRAM-ED in their own HHS, it is preferred they can demonstrate some experience in the following areas:

  • experience in education delivery or workshop facilitation
  • willingness to facilitate simulation training
  • mental health and suicide prevention knowledge and experience

There are 4 online modules which must be completed prior to attending this course. More information…

Organisation: Queensland Heath and Hospital Service
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning

Contact:
Ph: 3271 8837
E: sramed@health.qld.gov. au

suicideTALK

Intended Participants: General Public – People who want to take the first step toward other suicide prevention activities

Length: Variable

Details: This workshop can be customised for any community. Participants learn how suicide is a serious community health problem that is often misunderstood, how personal and community beliefs about suicide affect suicide stigma and safety, how the steps taught in LivingWorks’ safeTALK program can be used to help prevent suicide and, how to get involved in life protection, preservation, and promotion activities in the community. More information…

Organisation: Living Works

Contact:
Ph: 1300 738 382
E: info@livingworks.com.au

Organisation: Lifeline: Uniting Care Community

Contact: Nicole McPhee
Ph: 0429 044 546
E: lifeline.training@uccommunity.org.au

Suicide to Hope (S2H)

Intended Participants: Clinicians and other professional helpers who work with persons previously at risk of and currently safe from suicide

Length: One Day

Details: Participants learn about their qualities as helpers, opportunities for recovery and growth, barriers to recovery and growth, planning for recover and monitoring and reviewing progress. More information…

Organisation: Living Works

Contact:
Ph: 1300 738 382
E: info@livingworks.com.au

SALT: See, Ask, Listen, Tell

Intended Participants: General Public

Length: Half to One Day

Details: This workshop teaches participants to see the warning signs, ask about suicide, listen to the person and tell or take the person to appropriate help. It also helps participants build individual resilience by looking after themselves, practising positive thinking, looking after relationships and asking for support when needed. More information…

Organisation: Wesley Lifeforce

Contact: Mary McNamara
Ph: 02 9263 5555

teenMHFA

Intended Participants: Teenagers

Length: Four Hours (Approximately)

Details: Participants learn how to deliver Mental Health First Aid. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. The course teaches participants how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Mental health problems covered are depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders and substance abuse. The crises covered are suicidal thoughts and behaviours, self-injury, effects of alcohol and bullying or abuse. This training is broken into three 75-minute sessions.

Organisation: Mental Health First Aid Australia

Contact: Katie Flanders
E: coordinator@educationclarity.com.au

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