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THE CONVERSATION

July 2020
A communication from Connection And Wellbeing Australia (CAWA)

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Develop your knowledge and practice around Suicide Prevention, Mental Health, Wellbeing and Diversity 

Our aim is to connect you with our work and the work of our wider networks and to link you with information and opportunities to help create resilient and inclusive communities.

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ONLINE SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING

START- Online Suicide Awareness Training

Now more than ever we we need our community members to have the confidence and skills to have safe conversations about suicide. 

START is online, interactive training that will not only teach skills, but give you the chance to practice them. You do not need any prior training or experience to take this course. The material is suitable whether you are a professional working in mental health/community services, or whether you are a butcher or hairdresser, or a uber driver. 

START is currently discounted at only $20+GST per participant.
For the cost of a couple of coffees, you can learn the skills to help save a life.

To register, follow this link  https://shopaus.livingworks.net/products/livingworks-start and make sure you use the code T-22913 

If you are interested in purchasing bulk licences to train your whole staff team, contact us to find out what options are available to meet your needs.
FACE to FACE WORKSHOP
ASIST- 2 day suicide first aid
Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th August 9am-5pm,
Curtin University, Bentley
$350 + GST
Includes course materials, resources & certificate. 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)  is a course in suicide first aide. During the two-day (16 hrs) interactive session, participants learn to help prevent the immediate risk of suicide by helping someone create a plan of community connections that can help them keep themselves safe

Course Content Includes:

Learning outcomes include, How to;
• Understand the ways personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and how to respond
• Provide guidance and suicide first-aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs,
• Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it,
• Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large,
• Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care
 
Registration: 
Contact  carrie.geraghty@curtin.edu.au
FACE to FACE WORKSHOP
safeTALK- suicide awareness
Wednesday 12th August 3:30m-7pm
Curtin University, Bentley
$80 + GST
Includes course materials, resources & certificate. 

Wondering how to be part of creating a suicide safer community?

Unsure about what to say when you are concerned that someone may be thinking about suicide?

Want to develop your skills to be able to respond to suicide with clients in your workplace or people in personal or community settings?

Looking for a certification that can help you gain work in the field of mental health and community services?

Update your skills to reflect best practice standards by attending this safeTALK Workshop.

In this workshop you will learn how to:
  • Notice when someone may be thinking about suicide
  • Be able speak openly and directly with them about this
  • And connect them with supports and services that can provide further help
No prior experience or knowledge in this area required. We want all members of our community to be able to have these skills and the confidence to use them.
 
Registration: 
Contact  carrie.geraghty@curtin.edu.au
 
 
FACE to FACE WORKSHOP
ASIST- 2 day suicide first aid
Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th August 9am-5pm,
Curtin University, Bentley
$350 + GST
Includes course materials, resources & certificate. 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)  is a course in suicide first aide. During the two-day (16 hrs) interactive session, participants learn to help prevent the immediate risk of suicide by helping someone create a plan of community connections that can help them keep themselves safe

Course Content Includes:

Learning outcomes include, How to;
• Understand the ways personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and how to respond
• Provide guidance and suicide first-aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs,
• Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it,
• Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large,
• Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care
 
Registration: 
Contact  carrie.geraghty@curtin.edu.au
 
 

Upcoming Workshops


 CAWA offers workshops that are delivered in both virtual and face to face format. During COVID-19 restrictions we have taken extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our participants. Most of our workshops have either virtual or face to face options.
 
LGBTIQ+ Family and Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence
 Thursday 23rd July 10am - 12 noon
online via webinarjam
$80 + GST
Includes all course materials, resources and certificate 
​​​​​​​
28th May 2020 marked the inaugural LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day. In an effort to build the capacity of services, we invite FDV / IPV Practitioners, GPs and Medical Practitioners, Community Service Providers, Mental Health Workers, Advocates, Suicide​​​​​​​ Prevention Providers and the wider community to join Connection And Wellbeing Australia in a workshop that will explore the experiences of LGBTIQ+ Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and how we can better respond to the needs of LGBTIQ+ people.

Discussion will cover:
  • How FDV and IPV presents in LGBTIQ+ communities
  • Specific contributors to LGBTIQ+ FDV and IPV
  • Unique challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ people experiencing FDV and IPV
  • How to work inclusively with LGBTIQ+ people experiencing FDV and IPV
  • ​​​Referring to and working with LGBTIQ+ groups to provide access to supports 
Knowledge gained in this workshop will reduce the barriers faced by LGBTIQ+ people in being able to seek support. An important workshop not to be missed.
 
ONLINE WORKSHOP
Foundations of Diversity and Inclusive Practice
Wednesday 29th July, 10am-2pm,
Online via webinarjam
$160 + GST
Includes course materials, resources & certificate
  • Wondering how to create a more inclusive workplace or be more inclusive in your work practice or community?
  • Unsure about what language to use when discussing LGBTIQ+ topics?
  • Want to remove barriers that may be preventing LGBTIQ+ people from accessing your services?
  • Looking to develop your referral networks to LGBTIQ+ groups and services?
  • Keen to learn how you can be a better ally to the LGBTIQ+ community?
Having safe and informed services and individuals in Regional areas can make the world of difference to health and wellbeing outcomes for LGBTIQ+ people.
 
ONLINE WORKSHOP
Boundaries, Burnout & Self Care
Thursday 6th August 10am-1pm,
Online via webinarjam
$120 + GST
Includes course materials, resources & certificate

A workshop for people who are engaged professionally or personally in caring for others to provide peer support, community services or support around mental health and wellbeing.

This session seeks to build personal capacity for resilience  and will provide you with tools that can support your own wellbeing, as you continue to provide care for others.

Course Content Includes:
  • The impact of providing care or support in personal, peer, community and professional contexts
  • What professional, personal and ethical boundaries are and why they are important
  • Sympathy vs Empathy​
  • How to have "hard conversations" about mental health and wellbeing
  • How to identify and respond to Burnout
  • What is Self Care and how to use it to increase your resilience ​
  • What is Community Care and how can it help you support yourself and others
  • Referrals and Networks of Support
 
 


BURNOUT
What is burnout?

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.

Burnout can make you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet the seemingly constant demands of your work. Burnout can happen in any job, volunteering, or life role but it is particularly common for those where caring for or supporting others is part of your everyday experience.

If burnout isn't addressed it can begin to make you lose interest in your work and can affect the values and attitudes that you bring with you when you care for others.

Burnout can also have serious physical, mental and social impacts on your life and greatly affect your own health and wellbeing.

One of the most powerful tools you have to combat Burnout is to be able to clearly recognise when it is occurring for you. Then learn how to make changes that can negate the contributories to burnout AND build more things into your life that can "fill up your cup" and build resilience.

Ask yourself these questions about your work/volunteering:
  • Does EVERY day feel like a bad day?
  • When you are at work/volunteering, do you feel exhausted all the time?
  • Do you spend most of your day on tasks you find either mind-numbingly dull or overwhelming?
  • Do you feel like nothing you do makes a difference or is appreciated?
If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you may be experiencing Burnout.

So what can you do about it?
The first step you can take is to recognise what is happening. Make a note of the feelings that are coming up for you and find a safe place to talk about what is going on.

Family, Friends and Colleagues can be amazing sources of support and debrief, but now may be the time to think about talking to others that can help you make changes
- Access your workplace EAP
- See your GP and go on Mental Health Plan so you can access counselling 
- Call a support service to chat about how you feel and plan for your next steps
- Let your manager know and ask if they have any resources that can support

Know that it is normal for most folks to experience Burnout at some time in their life and that seeking help is part of making sure you are looking after yourself.

To start the conversation contact:
Beyond Blue                  1300 22 4636
Lifeline                           13 11 19
Moorditj Yarning             1300 364 277
Multicultural Futures       08 9336 8282  or via TIS Interpreter service 13 14 50
Samaritans                     13 52 47
SANE                             1800 187 263
QLife                              1800 184 527

CAWA's Boundaries, Burnout & Self Care Training may be useful for you or members of your team. Register for our current online workshop on 6th August or contact us to discuss a personalised session face to face or virtual session for your workplace.
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As well as our CAWA heart pins, we stock a variety of resources that can make your workplaces suicide safer and more inclusive.

Click the button below to purchase posters, information leaflets and more.

All proceeds go toward funding free community suicide prevention projects.

Most posters can be customized to include your organizational logo and we can create individualized resources to meet your specific needs.
 

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