November 2020
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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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This year NAIDOC is celebrated from 8-15 November

Happy #NAIDOC2020 week you mob! 🖤💛❤️

CAWA Acknowledges that this land
  Always was and Always will be Aboriginal land.

Go and check out all the deadly resources, at:

Kaya! (hello) Are you interested in learning more about Noongar culture and language? Our friends at Curtin University have this deadly (and free) online course: 

Are you a service provider that is looking for resources to  develop better practices for supporting First Nations mob? Check out all the amazing information from our friends at WellMob:

Shape of Land artwork, by Noongar and Saibai Islander man Tyrown Waigana 

Pridefest 2020

This year Pridefest will run from 4-28 Nov

CAWA is proud to support Pride WA and we are delivering a number of events this year that can help you better support LGBTIQ+ people and show your support and Allyship for the community.

The last few weeks have been incredible difficult for the LGBTIQ+ community and taking meaningful steps towards developing your knowledge of how to support diversity is one of the best ways we can change health and mental health outcomes for LGBTIQ+ people.

You can find the full program here:

CAWA can also create tailored and specific training for your staff and volunteers to develop their inclusive practice skills. Pridefest is a great time to make a commitment to prioritising learning in this area, so drop us a line to start the conversation!

We hope to see you at some events!

Rainbow Talks

Pridefest will kick off with a serier of Rainbow Talks at UWA on Saturday 14th November.CAWA will be presenting a seminar at 12 noon and we would love to see you there.

From Surviving to Thriving: LGBTIQ+ Suicide Prevention and Mental Health in Western Australia (50 mins)
By Bella Broadway, Connection and Wellbeing Australia
This session will address:
  • the work that has been done in LGBTIQ+ community suicide prevention and mental health
  • look at how inclusive practice training supports the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBTIQ+ community
  • and highlight how events like IDAHOBIT can create visibility that can support wellbeing
It takes a village! We will talk about how the community can collaborate to support the mental health and wellbeing of the West Australian LGBTIQ+ community and look at what work still needs to be done to ensure our community is thriving.

This event is free but registration is essential as places are limited
LGBTIQ+ Family and Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence
 Monday 16th November 10am - 1pm
The Platform Perth, Adelaide Tce
$140 + 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.

Part proceeds will go to Pride WA to support them to continue their vital work for the community

Only a few places remain available!
Foundations of Diversity and Inclusive Practice
Friday 20th November, 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 can make the world of difference to health and wellbeing outcomes for LGBTIQ+ people.

Part proceeds go to Pride WA to support them to continue their vital work for the community

An engaging online workshop not to be missed!
ASIST- 2 day suicide first aid
Thursday 10th and Friday 11th Decmber 9am-5pm,
The Platform Perth (Adelaide Tce)
$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,
• Recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care
Click Here for the CAWA Resource Store

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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