June 2020

A communication from
Connection And Wellbeing Australia

We look forward to sharing with you:

Professional Development
 Community Connections
Best Practice
Workshops & Training
 Events & Forums
Partnership Opportunities

That can help develop your knowledge and practice around Suicide Prevention, Mental Health, Wellbeing, Diversity and Inclusivity.

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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CAWA stands in solidarity with all First Nations Peoples and People of Colour at this time. We recognise the pain and trauma caused by injustice. We see this injustice and commit to standing beside you with open, ears, hearts and minds. We recognise our privilege and seek to use this to amplify your voices. We call on all members of our community to work towards true equality and encourage people to:
  • learn more about racism and the experiences of First Nations Peoples and People of Colour
  • have the ‘hard conversations’ and call out all forms of racism, oppression and discrimination when you see, hear and feel them
  • examine the gaps in your own cultural awareness/ how culturally aware your organisation is and engage in learning that can narrow these gaps
  • support First Nations and People of Colour with your time, money and resources
Below are some resources that may be helpful:
Journey of Health and Wellbeing (Aboriginal Health Policy Directorate)

How microaggressions are like mosquito bites (Same Difference)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations to donate to


Now more than ever we we need our community members to have the confidence and skills to have safe conversations about suicide. CAWA will be back delivering our half-day and 2-day suicide prevention trainings from late July, but in the meantime we can offer the best online alternative.

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. Just like physical first aid, we want everyone in our community to have the skills to provide suicide first aid when someone needs a safe place to talk.

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 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.

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, and the smaller size of our workshops mean we are able to continue to confidently deliver face to face training in a safe and welcoming environment.
LGBTIQ+ Family and Domestic / Intimate Partner Violence
 Tuesday 23rd June 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+ in being able to seek support. An important workshop not to be missed.
Foundations of Diversity and Inclusive Practice

Thursday 25th June, 10am-2pm, 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.

A portion of the proceeds of this workshop is being donated to Busselton Pride Alliance Inc.

Please share widely with any networks 

* ONLY a few final places remain
Are you struggling to find an existing training package that meets your needs?
CAWA can create a package that fits just right, with only relevant content contextualised to your workplace.

Are there gaps in your staff induction or development structures?
CAWA can help you build innovative solutions to meet the the learning and development needs of your teams

Have a workshop that is long out of date and needs some updating?
CAWA works with organisations to freshen up their existing materials and ensure they reflect best practice standards and use current frameworks and data

Looking for a way to build the capacity of your organisation or group to resource your work?
CAWA can build you a product that you can use to deliver for a fee to other organisations, helping you build awareness about your services and providing you with the financial support you need to continue to do the work that you do.


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.

Click Here for the CAWA Resource Store

Have you been taking care of yourself?

Self care is a way that you can use whatever time, resources and energy you have to do something (even a very tiny thing) that can "help you fill up your cup". Some people think self care is all about massages and bubble baths - and it can be- but it can also be:
  • putting the washing away so you don't look at it first thing in the morning and feel deflated
  • saying no to going out when you just need a little time by yourself
  • finally making a dentist appointment for that sore tooth that has been worrying you for the last 2 weeks and has been taking up all your energy
  • taking an extra 5 minutes in the bathroom just to enjoy some peace and quiet
  • having a friend you can call who will tell you a 20 second joke to make you laugh and shift your mood
  • asking for help with things
Also remember: one person's self care is another persons idea of torture. For some folks, a run around the block feel amazing, for others its a cuppa and good book. So get ideas from other people about what they do for self care, but know that you will need to find the right things for you and your life.
Make sure you take time to plan for self care. Write don some daily, once a week and once a month self care activities you want to try and build into your life and put it somewhere visible.  You might be amazed at how much self care can help.

CAWA offers self care and burnout prevention training for all kinds of workplaces. If this is something you think will help your team- get in touch!
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