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Burnout

The last 12 months have been a challenge in ways we may have never expected. You may have had pressures and expectations that have complicated or amplified the caring you do for loved ones, country, community or peers. For those who work in mental health and other support professions, it may have been difficult to balance the needs of your personal and professional life.

It's time to talk about burnout.

Learning how to be better at looking after ourselves can help ensure we have the capacity to provide care to others. Caring is emotional labour and we don't have and endless reserve of energy to constantly give.

Knowing what burnout looks and feels like for you can help you identify when you may need to make changes and seek supports that can allow you to respond to your own needs and top up your batteries.

Below you will see some of the main signs of burnout. You may identify with some or all of these at different levels in different times fo your life. If you feel like these signs are impacting on your life greatly- it might be a good time to talk to someone about burnout.

When you are in a state of burnout it can often feel like nothing will ever make a difference, but as long as you don't let burnout build without doing something about it, you CAN recover and see your caring, work or activism in a positive an meaningful way again. 

If you want to learn more about how to identify and respond to Burnout sign up for our next Burnout, Boundaries and Self Care Workshop

https://event.webinarjam.com/register/41/xq34limz
 
WellMob

Kaya, have you heard about the deadly website that can help you build your understanding of supporting the social, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs of First Nations Mob?

WellMob is for frontline health and wellbeing workers, including:
  • community health and wellbeing workers
  • mental health workers
  • family support
  • education and youth services 
And anyone who want to access and use culturally safe and inclusive resources. 

There are also training resources to support your work in the community, and resources to help you look after yourselves.

They have videos, apps, research articles, audio, info flyers and more. So grab a cuppa and spend some time to check out all the resources they have to offer
 https://wellmob.org.au/
 
Climate Justice Union

The Climate Justice Union (CJU) sees ordinary people working together and pooling resources to accelerate the fair and just transition to net zero emissions and prepare for and adapt to climate change impacts while taking care of people and place. To achieve this CJU take a community organising based approach to working in communities across Western Australia and in key local industries to build community-led action on climate change and inequality.

Collectively we are facing the biggest challenge humanity has ever known. The climate crisis poses an existential threat, and our responses must scale to meet that challenge. Climate Justice Union seeks to respond to this threat using an intersectional framework of justice, seeing that all systems and structures of justice are connected and acknowledging that people bring their whole selves to activism.

So how does this relate to mental health? The mental health impacts of climate justice activism are widely unknown and are seen as an emerging field. Since founding in 2019, CJU have made a commitment to support the development of collective knowledge about this issue to ensure that the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing needs of people are threaded through their culture and practice.

 
CJU does this by seeking to help:
-    Members understand the mental health impacts of climate justice activism 
-    Members understand the impact of a persons mental health on their ability to engage in climate justice activism
-    Build the capacity of mental health practitioners and organisations to understand the impact of climate justice on the mental health of their consumers
-    Build the capacity of mental health practitioners and organisations to grow their understanding of the climate crisis.

CJU is committed to an ongoing process of building wellbeing mental health supports for their volunteers, members and the broader community.

If you are interested in the work they are doing in this space, want to learn more about climate justice activism, or wish to connect and collaborate:

You can find out more: https://climatejusticeunion.org
Or become a member: https://climatejusticeunion.org/join 

 
DO YOU NEED FUNDING OR SUPPORT TO ATTEND A CAWA WORKSHOP?

We never want funding to be a barrier to learning. In particular we are passionate about supporting marginalised communities to ensure they have the opportunity to access the training they need to be part of creating safe and inclusive communities and to taking care of themselves.

If you need partial or subsidised workshop tickets, please contact us to discuss.
 admin@connectionandwellbeing.com.au
Where there is a will there is a way!

Organisations and individuals who have the capacity, may wish to
PAY IT FORWARD and purchase a ticket to a workshop that can be used by someone who is not able to pay. We are always on the look out for ways to fund equitable access for those who need it most. So bring us any idea big or small that can support this fundraising.
FACE to FACE WORKSHOP

ASIST- 2 day suicide first aid
Thursday 22 and Friday 23rd April  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
FACE to FACE WORKSHOP

ASIST- 2 day suicide first aid
Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th June  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
FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP

LGBTIQ+ Family and Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence
Friday 28th May 10am-2pm
The Platform Perth, Adelaide Tce
$180+GST (includes all materials and light refreshments).
Registrationhttps://s.surveyplanet.com/1gTdjKfVR

​​​​​​​28th May 2021 marks the second 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

Boundaries, Burnout & Self Care
Tuesday 1st June 10am-1pm
Online via webinarjam
$120 + GST
Includes course materials, resources & certificate

Registration: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/41/xq34limz

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

ONLINE WORKSHOP

Foundations of LGBTIQA+ Inclusive Practice
Wednesday 2nd June, 10am-2pm
Online via webinarjam
$160 +GST  (Includes course materials, resources & certificate)

Registration: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/17/xq34liz

  • 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 LGBTIQA+ topics?
  • Want to remove barriers that may be preventing LGBTIQA+ people from accessing your services?
  • Looking to develop your referral networks to LGBTIQA+ groups and services?
  • Keen to learn how you can be a better ally to the LGBTIQA+ community?
 
Having safe and informed services and individuals in can make the world of difference to health and wellbeing outcomes for LGBTIQA+ people.

Learn the foundational skills you need to create inclusive services that meet the needs of LGBTIQA+ people and their loved ones.

ONLINE WORKSHOP

Challenge, Connection & Control
Thursday 10th June 10am-1:30pm

Online via webinarjam
$140 + GST
Includes course materials, resources & certificate

Registration: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/37/r43pwbv4

Interactive online workshop that will build your capacity to understand, reframe and respond to “challenging behaviour”. Look at how to prevent and deescalate situations of conflict. A valuable workshop for those working in human-facing roles within their organisation or community.

Course Content Includes:

  • Reframing challenge and control
  • How to prevent situations of challenge and conflict
  • De-escalation and meeting needs
  • Communication Techniques
  • Building a toolkit of responses
  • Debriefing and supports

SAVE THE DATE!!!!

IDAHOBIT 2021- International Day Against homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia and Intersex Discrimination

MONDAY 17TH MAY 10-2pm

  • Location tbc- will be central cbd location
  • Virtual attendance will available via live stream
  • Includes light refreshments


For the 4th consecutive year CAWA is proud to present our West Australian IDAHOBIT event in partnership with the Perth Metropolitan Suicide Prevention Co-ordination Team.

This year will be a forum type event with panellists and the opportunity to connect, yarn and share with LGBTIQA+ groups, mental health and suicide prevention organisations and community groups.

IDAHOBIT is a chance to have meaningful conversations that can create change for all LGBTIQA+ people, and to recognise complexity and diversity of our communities.
Speakers and theme TBC in the coming weeks


There will be opportunities to attend in person or online via streaming.

This event will be in an accessible venue with Auslan interpreters available.

Registrations will go live on the CAWA website in the coming weeks- so stay tuned!

If your organisation wants to be involved by donating venue, funding, catering or wish to collaborate as part of this event, get in touch with Bella to discuss.

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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