“Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions”

By Johann Hari – This is worth listening to …

Johann Hari

Photo the Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/lost-connections-review-shedding-the-shame-of-depression-1.3386584

Johann Hari argues that depression is a rational response rather than an intrinsic flaw, and we know depression and mental health problems significantly increase people’s risk of suicide.

ABC Big Ideas Radio National Monday 28 May 2018 8:05PM

“It’s the silent epidemic that just keeps on growing. Depression is now the leading cause of ill health worldwide and doctors are struggling to treat it despite having an armory of drugs. The WHO describes it as a socially produced problem needing social as well as individual solutions.

British author Johann Hari has experienced depression since his teens. Drawing on decades of work by researchers, he argues the answer lies in treating the underlying causes of depression. Johann spoke to Cathy Van Extel at the Writers+Ideas festival at Brisbane Powerhouse on 9 May 2018

Interview with Johann Hari

“There was a mystery haunting award-winning investigative journalist Johann Hari. He was 39 years old, and almost every year he had been alive, depression and anxiety had increased in in the US, Britain, and across the Western world. Why?

He had a very personal reason to ask this question. When he was a teenager, he had gone to his doctor, and explained that he felt like pain was leaking out of him, and he couldn’t control it, or understand it. Some of the solutions his doctor offered had given him some relief for a while – but he remained in deep pain.

So he went on a 40,000-mile, three-year journey across the world to interview the leading scientific experts about what causes depression and anxiety, and what solves them. He learned there is scientific evidence for nine different causes of depression and anxiety – and that this knowledge leads to a very different set of solutions he saw in practice, from San Francisco to Sydney to Sao Paulo: ones that offer real hope.

‘Lost Connections’ has been a best-seller in the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia, and is now being translated into 14 other languages. It has been praised by a remarkable range of people, from all walks of life … and by some of the most prominent mental health experts in the UK and Australia.

At the start of his epic journey, Johann Hari sensed there was something missing in our debate about depression and anxiety. This is the story of how he discovered what we have been failing to see for so long – and how it can guide us out of our depression.

Lost Connections website

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We need to talk about suicide

Samantha Young

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Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade’s untimely deaths this week are part of a troubling trend: a sharp rise in suicides among both men and women, across all racial and ethnic groups, and all ages, according to a report released by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide rates increased nearly 30 percent between 1999 and 2016.

Understanding how to help someone who may be at risk for suicide is crucial toward reversing this trend. It is a deeply personal and difficult topic to raise. The World Health Organisation estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. What drives so many individuals to take their own lives? To those not in the grips of suicidal depression and despair, it is almost impossible to understand what drives a person to take their own life. But a suicidal person is in so much pain that he or she can see no other option. It is not a selfish act, but one of despair and desperation.

Suicide is a desperate attempt to escape suffering that has become unbearable. Blinded by feelings of self-loathing, hopelessness, and isolation, a suicidal person can’t see any way of finding relief except through death. But despite their desire for the pain to stop, most suicidal people are deeply conflicted about ending their own lives. They wish there was an alternative to suicide, but they just can’t see one.

Signs of suicidal ideation can be difficult to notice and vary from person to person. If you notice a drastic change in someone’s behavior that includes warning signs of suicide, don’t hesitate or assume someone else will intervene. Taking an active role to check on them could save their life. You are still never responsible for someone else’s choice.

Common warning signs can include:

  • Talking about suicide, hurting themselves, death, or dying
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Having severe mood swings
  • Feeling hopeless or trapped
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Sleeping all the time or having issues with sleep
  • Uncontrolled rage or agitation
  • Self-destructive and risky behavior
  • Giving away personal belongings
  • Telling people goodbye for seemingly no reason

The best thing you can do if you’re unsure whether someone is suicidal is to start an honest, caring conversation in which you do more listening than talking. If you pick up on signs that they’re feeling trapped, hopeless, or highly depressed, don’t skirt around the topic— ask them directly if they’re having suicidal thoughts. This will not make things worse or give them ideas. If you’ve created a safe environment to have this conversation, they are likely to feel a sense of relief that they’ve been able to share this experience with someone who’s not judging them. Avoid lecturing them on the value of life or minimising their problems and let them know how deeply you care about them and encourage them to seek treatment from a doctor.

Ways to start a conversation about suicide:

  • “I have been feeling concerned about you lately.”
  • “Recently, I have noticed some differences in you and wondered how you are doing.”
  • “I wanted to check in with you because you haven’t seemed yourself lately.”

Questions you can ask:

  • “When did you begin feeling like this?”
  • “Did something happen that made you start feeling this way?”
  • “How can I best support you right now?”
  • “Have you thought about getting help?”

What you can say that helps:

  • “You are not alone in this. I’m here for you.”
  • “I may not be able to understand exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help.”
  • “When you want to give up, tell yourself you will hold off for just one more day, hour, minute—whatever you can manage.”
  • Do not promise confidentiality or offer ways to fix their problems.
  • Avoid saying things like: “You have so much to live for,” “Your suicide will hurt your family,” or “Look on the bright side.” And do not ever blame yourself for how a loved one is feeling, you are not responsible.

The following questions can help assess immediate risk for suicide:

  • Do you have a suicide plan? (PLAN)
  • Do you have what you need to carry out your plan (pills, gun, etc.)? (MEANS)
  • Do you know when you would do it? (TIME SET)
  • Do you intend to take your own life? (INTENTION)

If you believe someone is at immediate risk for suicide—they’re saying they intend to kill themselves and/or they have a plan—call 000 and do not leave the person alone. Remove anything they could use to hurt themselves, and if possible take them to Emergency.

 

Check on your mates. Sam x

 

For help in Australia

CAPS – Talk Suicide Support Service – Free telephone and face to face support      1800 008 255

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out     http://au.reachout.com/tough-times

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help

SANE Australia Helpline  –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10am-10pm AEST) 1800 18 72 63

Helpline chat – Chat online with a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST)

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families

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Stopping Suicide With Story | Sally Spencer-Thomas | TEDxCrestmoorParkWomen

Dr Sally Spencer-Thomas was guest speaker at the “Shifting the Dial” Suicide Prevention Conference held recently in Noosa by Connetica and United Synergies.

Sally Spencer-Thomas TED type talk

Published on 5 Dec 2017

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas knows first hand the challenges and stigma we face with suicide prevention and mental health. At the heart of all social movements are stories. Change is possible when we tell our stories. In this deeply moving and personal TEDx Talk, Dr. Sally invites us to join her on a social justice journey and shows us how to shift the culture from the bias and discrimination we currently have, to one of empowerment and dignity; one story at a time. As a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker, impact entrepreneur, and survivor of suicide loss, Dr. Spencer-Thomas sees the issues of suicide prevention and mental health promotion from many perspectives. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar condition. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap filling efforts in mental health including the award-winning campaign Man Therapy (a program using humor to engage men in mental health) and the nation’s first comprehensive workplace program designed to help employers with the successful prevention, intervention, and crisis management of suicide. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

For help in Australia

CAPS – Talk Suicide Support Service – Free telephone and face to face support      1800 008 255

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out     http://au.reachout.com/tough-times

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help

SANE Australia Helpline  –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10am-10pm AEST) 1800 18 72 63

Helpline chat – Chat online with a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST)

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families

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One Woman’s Thoughts on Masculinity: Why We All Must Dig Deeper in Our Understanding of What it Means to Be a Man

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

International mental health and suicide prevention impact entrepreneur

DISCLAIMER: I am not a man.

I have never been a man. I have no idea what it’s like to be a man. But I am a daughter, sister, partner, colleague and friend to many men, and I am the mother of three teenage sons. So, men’s well-being matters to me. 

Given that men in the middle years are dying by suicide at increasingly higher rates, I spend much of my time speaking and training in male-dominated industries like construction, transportation, veteran and first responder communities. The men I have met along the way have taught me much about resilience and honor.

In addition to partnerships forged with groups and associations within these industries, I’ve also have the privilege of collaborating with Cactus and Colorado’s Office of Suicide Prevention as we continue to innovate new ways to reach “double jeopardy men.”  Double jeopardy men are men who live with a number of risk factors for suicide and who also are least likely to seek help on their own. Together we created “Man Therapy” (www.ManTherapy.org), a program that uses humor and digital media to engage men to think about emotional well-being as a manly part of their overall health. Our goal is to meet these men respectfully where they are and to help them connect the dots between traditional models of masculinity and mental health.

I am proud to announce, this month marks the 6th year anniversary of Man Therapy. Over these 6 years we’ve spread the campaign to nine states and even to the country of Australia, and have created specialized campaigns for first responders, military/veterans and primary care communities. To learn more about our incredible journey in this campaign (and these new developments), view this new video: https://youtu.be/XxOAS339aLE

Given the Man Therapy anniversary and the fact that June is “Men’s Health Month,” I am reflecting upon ideas of masculinity and how they relate to suicide prevention. As I do, it becomes clear to me that we need to dig deeper into our existing scripts on what it means to be a man and that our evolutionary history may be challenging some men in adopting contemporary ideas. I also challenge any shaming approach that says all traditional ideas of masculinity are wrong.

Nature and Nurture

In the world of cognitive psychology (Psychologist World, n.d.), schemas are mental blueprints that we form through our experiences and culture that help give us cognitive shortcuts when processing large amounts of information. We tend to remember what fits with our schemas and explain the rest away. Scripts are specific schemas linked to events that tell us how to behave in certain situations. Scripts and schemas are learned mental models — the nature argument for why we do what we do. Without a doubt unhealthy, limiting and toxic ideas about masculinity have conditioned many men to develop problematic schemas and scripts that lead to all forms of self-destruction and interpersonal violence (Katz, 1995a; Katz, 1995b).

What often gets left out of our contemporary conversations is the role nature plays in understanding male behavior. Males of most mammal species are larger and more aggressive than females. Mammalian males are also more likely to die of risky and violent behaviors than females. From an evolutionary perspective, females of many species are more inclined to choose the stronger male as a mating partner. While the 21st century man is certainly not “most mammals,” our civilization’s evolution has far outpaced the human body’s, and clearly more than a trace of this history remains among us. 

As my mentor and evolutionary psychologist Dr. Paul Quinnett (Spencer-Thomas et al, 2013) reminds us, evolution is not just about survival, it’s also about reproduction. Not too long ago, men who found themselves “lost in another man’s woods” were often killed, and males who couldn’t defend and provide for their families often didn’t have off-spring. From this perspective, it is unlikely we will be successful in creating completely new concepts of masculinity that will stick for many — the wiring for some just goes too deep. That said, I do believe there is a place for appreciating the good qualities along a broad spectrum of masculine ideals.

When it comes to mental health and suicide prevention, Quinnett (Spencer-Thomas et al, 2013) states, “So long as we keep repeating the phrase, ‘encourage male help-seeking behavior’ in our grant applications, public health marketing, and outreach efforts, suicidal men will just keep dying. Hoping men will become more like women is costing us the lives of our fathers, brothers, sons, uncles and nephews.”

Evolving Forms of Masculine Self-Identity

In their incredible presentation entitled “Be a Man! Male Identity, Social Change in Contemporary America, and the Impact on Mental Health” presenters Brennan Gilbert and Robinder Bedi (2014) remind us that “For many men (and perhaps all of us in the right situation), threats to masculinity are a threat to self.” 

Those of us who are trying to prevent suicide and promote mental health among diverse groups of men must seek to understand and respect the diverse and evolving forms of masculine self-identity and how these identities came to be. Shaming people for not being “politically correct” is not a helpful option and often shuts down conversations rather than elevates them. 

Traditional scripts for men identified a generation ago are being challenged today on all fronts, and as a feminist and suicidologist, I am grateful for these challenges. Just a couple of examples include:

  • Over the last decade, the number of stay-at-home dads has doubled (Kramer, Kelly & McCulloch, 2013) and paternity leave is considered increasingly important (Harrington, Van Duesen, Fraone, Eddy, Haas, 2014)
  • Cross-gender friendships are more common and acceptable (Felmlee, Sweet, Sinclair, 2012)
  • Challenges to gender binary frameworks and heterosexism are everywhere (Heasley, 2004; Henig, 2017).
 Photo Credit: Nick Page

Photo Credit: Nick Page

 

AND I would caution all of us to think about what is working within the traditional models that might be hard wired for many, and difficult to change. In other words, how can we both expand contemporary ideas of strength, success and providing for one’s family while keeping what’s honorable and functional within some of our more traditional models. If we embrace the diversity of many expressions of manhood, we will be a far more resilient species. 

Scripts of Masculinity: Traditional and Contemporary

Referring back to the 1976 (David & Brennan) book The 49 Percent Majority — let’s dig a little deeper into these common and traditional scripts of masculinity:

1. “No sissy stuff”

The idea behind this script is that to be a true man, one must not do things that have traditionally been thought to be feminine. For instance, if women are generally seen as skilled at expressing emotions and are more likely to seek mental health care when feeling unwell, then the “no sissy stuff” script tells men not to do this. On one hand we know emotional intelligence is a critical part of overall intelligence, and the ability to effectively express emotions is essential for effective interpersonal communication. Additionally we know that not seeking preventative care for many health issues is one of the main reasons women are outliving men by about seven years on average in the U.S. (Desjardins, 2004). 

On the other hand, within our current civilization, we also need certain people to effectively compartmentalize emotions to perform necessary functions that would not be possible if emotions were being fully felt — for example surgical, combat and rescue functions. Men’s adherence to social scripts that support stoicism and emotional inexpressiveness are in opposition to “help-seeking” (Nam et al, 2010), and yet many men would benefit from counseling and other forms of mental health treatment. 

How do we bridge this gap? I have worked with many fire fighters who have sought psychological services — fire fighters whose lives depend on decisiveness and emotional control — and they have reframed their experiences this way, “I didn’t see it as seeking help. I saw it as learning new coping strategies, like a physical trainer for the mind.”

2. “Be a big wheel”

For this script men are conditioned to strive for achievement and success with a focus on beating the competition. Again, striving for excellence is a good thing. The problem with this script is that success often becomes the “single source identity.”  Men who buy into this script often identify primarily with what they do and are constantly striving to reach the “top.” 

The challenge becomes that the goal post for achievement is an ever-moving target. In these circumstances, striving for success can become “the golden handcuffs” because men can begin to feel trapped when the achievement identity loses its connection with a far more important concept: purpose. 

Work-related humiliation, failure — or even retirement — can lead men who subscribe to the “big wheel” script to feel like they’ve lost themselves. They can start to feel unneeded and adrift, a burden unto others. Thomas Joiner’s (2006) model of suicide risk clearly links perceived burdensomeness to a desire for suicide. Thus, our opportunity for the future is to help men find multiple pockets of purposefulness that can shift over the lifespan.

3. “Be a sturdy oak”

This script tells men to be the one that people depend on, not the one who needs others. Self-reliance is a virtue in many circumstances. Having an ability to persevere through and innovate around problems is highly admirable. Nevertheless, the truth is not all problems can be solved by oneself, and rugged individualism is lonely. Research supports the paradoxical finding that self-reliance increases risk for suicide (Pirkis et al, 2017). 

What gives me hope is a great emerging appreciation for the effectiveness of peer support among men. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a proliferation of formal and informal peer support programs in male-dominated communities — in construction, law enforcement, fire service, military and more. Why have they been so popular? Again, Dr. Quinnett reminds us (Spencer-Thomas et al, 2013), that when men ask for help they run the risk of appearing weak and incompetent BUT accepting help is another matter. When a man accepts help offered he is still seen as strong, “but not quite strong enough to lift a car out of ditch or drag whole elk back to hunting camp…” Accepting help is acceptable because it creates the opportunity for “repayment reciprocity” — or the notion of “I’ve got your back, and you’ve got mine.”

4. “Give em hell”

Finally, this script calls for men to act aggressively and to display dominance, especially when threatened. In threatening situations, strong stances are often needed to establish boundaries and regain control. Thank goodness we have brave warriors and first responders who are able to protect the rest of us with these skills. Let us also not forget how many of us are inspired by the incredible accomplishments of some of our most aggressive athletes. 

When this aggression is not used for a noble mission, however, men prone to aggression are more likely to perpetrate domestic violence, physical and sexual assault, and other criminal activity. On a lower level, the agitation and irritability related to this script leads men to get in trouble rather than get support or empathy. Often what is behind this aggression is depression (NIMH, n.d.). In our new diverse appreciation for masculinity, we can cultivate an awareness that emerging agitation may be a signal of depression or the experience of feeling threatened, and intervene much earlier — and in compassionate ways — before violence erupts. 

In conclusion, I am thrilled my sons are growing up in an era where concepts of masculinity are as diverse as they ever have been. I am hopeful that however they mature, they will find healthy role models that will help shape them into men of honor and substance. For those of us excited about these changes, I would encourage us to not throw out traditional models of masculinity as there is great value for having many ideals for the many different roles men now play. By looking deeper into evolutionary psychology, we can better understand how diverse patterns of male behavior have developed the way they have and how we can best position health and well-being within many different social scripts.

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For help in Australia

CAPS – Talk Suicide Support Service – Free telephone and face to face support      1800 008 255

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out     http://au.reachout.com/tough-times

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help

SANE Australia Helpline  –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10am-10pm AEST) 1800 18 72 63

Helpline chat – Chat online with a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST)

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families

Lived Experience Summit 2018

Roses in the Ocean

The Inaugural National Lived Experience Summit 2018 being held in Brisbane on August 21st and 22nd offers you a unique opportunity to contribute through your lived experience of suicide to current and future suicide prevention projects, research, collaborations, service delivery and design. The two days will be workshop based with organisations and researchers bringing specific projects to the table for lived experience input and guidance. Opportunity then exists for project participants to remain connected and continue working together. WE will also seek your collective insights around some topical lived experience conversation.

Roses in the Ocean defines lived experience as: having experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone through a suicidal crisis, or been bereaved by suicide. This national initiative will provide a forum to connect Lived Experience Collective members and others with a lived experience of suicide, with experts from five key focus areas within suicide prevention:

  • Workplace • Clinical • Research • Hospital, Health & Community Services • Digital

The most important consideration of being involved in the Lived Experience Summit is that you are ready, and that your involvement is a rewarding and positive experience. It is without question difficult to talk about suicide when it has and does impact your life so profoundly and to help you assess your personal readiness to participate we have attached the following documents for you to read prior to registering to attend.

  • Becoming Involved in Suicide Prevention
  • Guide to Self-Care
  • Safe Language Guide

With the support of our sponsors, Roses in the Ocean is pleased to offer a number of Bursaries for people with a lived experience of suicide. To apply for a Bursary please complete the online application https://goo.gl/forms/VajqsdTr6FvrjNoD3

The final date for submissions is 30 June 2018, and applicants will be advised by email or telephone of their application status by 21 July 2018. Applicants will need to be able to attend both days of the Summit, Wednesday 21 & 22 August 2018.

Roses in the Ocean looks forward to welcoming you to this extraordinary opportunity to showcase genuine lived experience collaboration and inclusion in the vibrant city of Brisbane.

Bronwen Edwards CEO and Founder Roses in the Ocean

Lived Experience Summit 2018 – Bursary Information Sheet

What do the Bursaries cover?

The Bursaries cover flights and accommodation on August 21 and event registration for 2 days. It will be appreciated if you are able to cover any of these costs, as this enables Roses in the Ocean to extend Bursaries to more individuals.

What is not covered by the Bursaries?

The Bursaries do NOT cover expenses for meals (beyond what is provided as part of the Summit) or costs associated with dry cleaning, room service, pay TV, movie hire, mini-bar, tips, personal expenses, and so on.

How does Roses in the Ocean decide who receives a Bursary?

As there will be a limited amount of Bursary funds available a set of criteria (see below) has been established to help Roses in the Ocean decide who will receive a Bursary.

All Bursary applicants must:

  • Have a lived experience of suicide (according to the definition of lived experience)
  • Demonstrate financial reasons why they would be unable to attend the conference without a Bursary
  • Be aged 18 years and older (unless accompanied by parent/guardian).

What is expected of the successful applicant?

Successful applicants are required to:

  • Answer all questions in the application honestly
  • Attend both days of the Summit 21-22 August 2018 with a goal to interacting and engaging in workshops and with other event attendees
  • Complete the survey at the conclusion of the conference

Roses in the Ocean will look to distribute the Bursaries in a manner which supports national representation and diversity of those with a lived experience. The decision on who is to receive the Bursaries will be made by Roses in the Ocean, whose decision will be final and reasons confidential.

How to apply for a Bursary?

To apply for a Bursary, you will need to complete the Bursary Application found online at link to bursary application form. The questions in the application form will help Roses in the Ocean understand your personal situation and to assess how you meet the selection criteria. Please note that all information in your application form will be kept strictly private.

Confidentiality

In accordance with the guidelines established for the Bursary, although Roses in the Ocean will ask you questions of a personal nature we are committed to protecting your privacy and will use this information only for the purpose of assessing your application.

If you have any questions or require further assistance, please email Kathy Poulton at kathy@rosesintheocean.com.au.

 

CALM One-day Suicide Intervention Training in Toowoomba

Toowoomba Library 14th June 2018

CALM Training

We are bringing an exciting new 1 day suicide intervention program that is wholly Australian produced with Australian content to Toowoomba Library on the 14th of June and we invite you to attend this amazing new program.

These are some of the unique features of this program titled CALM, that everyone is talking about:-

  • Based on the latest research that is evidenced to empathetically relate to the person at risk in a conversational manner to build a strong and supportive connection.
  • All participants are provided with a 24 page book with examples of what to say or ask at any stage of the conversation, and includes a list of all National Helplines and Websites in Australia.
  • They are given access to the ‘Be Calm’ App which will seamlessly guide them through the C-A-L-M model. They can use it on the spot at short notice to support the person they are working with during an intervention.
  • The person they are assisting will have access to the ‘Be Safe’ App which gives the helper and the person needing support peace of mind knowing that their plan for safety is now documented and accessible to them when they need it most or when they are feeling upset, and stressed.
  • They will have access to helpful information on the CALM website to further their learning and development, and continued support and connection from their CALM trainer.
  • They will be given a printed certificate of attendance that they can proudly put on display.
  • All our trainers are qualified counsellors, with lived experience and many years of first-hand experience working with persons with suicide ideation, and assisting them towards safety.
  • This Australian evidence-based program is based on what really works when someone is feeling hopeless and helpless and the applied therapeutic strategies are proven to help the person feeling suicidal to consider safety as an option.

You can view detailed information on the background, content and evidence of this program on our website www.keepcalm.org.au

Please feel welcome to contact us and ask any questions you may have. We look forward to your response.

Thanking you in advance.

Warmest regards,

Sandra Willie

E: sandra@keepcalm.org.au

W: www.keepcalm.org.au

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