Care · Collaborate · Connect: Suicide Prevention

    Care · Collaborate · Connect

The  Care · Collaborate · Connect suite of training programs are based on the Coping Planning approach to suicide prevention. This approach was developed by Dr Helen Stallman at the University of South Australia in conjunction with Dr Tony Arklay and Dr John Bennett at The University of Queensland.  Coping Planning is an intervention for acute distress, including suicidal ideation.  The Coping Planning paradigm is person- and strengths-focused and overcomes many of the limitations of the traditional risk assessment and management approach to suicide.

The aims of Coping Planning are to:

  1. promote coping
  2. meet the needs of people who are distressed
  3. be easy to use by clinicians and people who support others
  4. eliminate stigma related to suicide
  5. prevent suicide

About the programs

Care · Collaborate · Connect: Suicide Prevention provides health students and professionals with the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and confidence to work with people who are distressed, including those who have thoughts of suicide.
Topics covered: Self-care, Attending to Distress, Talking about suicide, Coping Planning, Problem Solving, Documentation, Ethics and Law, and Self-Management
Duration: 5 hours

Care · Collaborate · Connect: Journalism provides journalism students and professionals with the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and confidence to report news stories that involve suicide in a way that minimises stigma and the risk of suicide contagion.
Topics covered: Self-care, Talking about suicide, Reporting suicide, and Self-Management
Duration: 2 hours

Care · Collaborate · Connect: Student Success helps equip all students with strategies to be successful at university, on placement and as future professionals. Particularly suitable for first year students.
Topics covered: Self-care, Self-Management, and Problem-Solving
Duration: 1 hour

Care · Collaborate · Connect: Working with distressed students provides university staff with the skills to support students and colleagues who are distressed. (COMING SOON)
Topics covered: Self-care, Attending to Distress, Coping Planning, and Problem Solving,
Duration: 2 hours

Coping for Carers is an online training program for carers to help them stay well and cope while they care for others.
Topics covered: Self-care  and Problem Solving,
Duration: 1 hour

Coping is an online training program to help to help everyone manage the inevitable tough times that happen in life, without becoming overwhelmed.
Topics covered: Self-care  and Problem Solving,
Duration: 1 hour

Care · Collaborate · Connect: Psychological First Aid teaches you the skills to support people in your life when they are distressed—family, friends, colleagues, and strangers. (COMING SOON)

Training format

The training is through  self-paced online programs. They comprise a number of modules that are completed sequentially. There are assessment items at the end of each module.  A Certificate of Completion is provided after training is completed.  This can be saved and used as evidence of training completion if  the program is part of a professional training program or for professional development.

Cost and availability of training

The training programs are available free of charge to university students and  professionals for educational and clinical purposes.  Please contact Dr Helen Stallman for costs associated with using the programs in research or for other purposes.

Enrolling in the training program

  1. Click on the program above that you would like to enroll in.
  2.  If you do’t already have a UniSA External Moodle account, you will be prompted to register before you can enrol in the course.


I just wanted to congratulate you on coming up with a very useful and simple method of early intervention in individuals with suicidal ideation.

The model has provided a useful framework for understanding suicidality, and how to ask about it in practice. I have implemented the coping assessment and coping planning intervention during my clinical placement, and I particularly like that the approach is client-focused. I like being able to help clients understand why they experience suicidal thoughts in times of distress, as well to help them identify healthy coping strategies they can use when distressed.. In doing this, the main focus of the intervention is on the client’s strengths, and whether they need some additional help coping, rather than on whether they are a ‘risk’ to themselves.

Great client focused idea – have had to use the old way for years due to organisational constraints and have not found it beneficial for the client or myself.

The Care Collaborate Connect suicide prevention program is changing the way we respond to students in distress, ensuring our focus is client centred and evidence based.  It has led to a re-think of our approach and we will offer better support to our students as a result.

I am always struck by this approach and how much it increases my confidence in dealing with suicidality, which I think is one of the greatest strengths.            

Overall, I enjoyed the different mediums for learning and feel better equipped to approach the topic of suicide.  

This training helped change my misconceptions and assumptions about suicide. It gave me another perspective and new way to work with people with suicidality.

This training has prepared me well and made me more confident to deal with people and potentially clients who have suicidal thoughts and also helping them to cope. I also learnt more about self-care.

This training helped me to improve my knowledge about coping strategies and how to work with people with suicidality.

I found the training very well structured and I completely agree with the approach.

What a great course!

I wish I had completed this training years ago.

Excellent training program and I will be recommending it to my staff.

I have absolutely loved your program. I have found this one of the most interesting and engaging aspects of the Bachelor of Social Work so far. I enjoyed working through it and forgot that I was actually studying whilst completing it due to it being so interactive and providing such practical information that will be able to be applied to my future practice as a social worker. 

An overview of the Coping Planning approach to suicide prevention

When the antidote is the poison: Rethinking suicide prevention   Presentation by Dr Helen Stallman providing an overview of the rationale for a coping paradigm.

Coping is for Everyone   This animation demonstrates the universality of coping.  It situates healthy and unhealthy coping strategies on a continuum and shows why some people sometimes have thoughts of suicide.

My Coping Plan app available on Android and Apple devices.

For more information contact

Dr Helen Stallman,
School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy,
University of South Australia
Telephone:  08 8302 4360


Stallman, H. M. (2018). Coping Planning: A patient- and strengths-focused approach to suicide prevention training. Australasian Psychiatry.  Advance online doi: 

Stallman, H. M., Ohan, J. L. (2018). The alignment of law, practice and need in suicide prevention. BJPsych Bulletin, Advance online publication,

Stallman, H. M. & Wilson, C. J. (2018). Can the mental health of Australians be improved by dual strategy for promotion and prevention? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Advance online doi:

Stallman, H. M. (2017). Meeting the needs of patients who have suicidal thoughts presenting to Emergency Departments. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 29(6), 749. doi:

Stallman, H. M., & Wilson, C. (2017). Could explicit teaching coping planning for suicide prevention improve resilience in medical students? Medical Teacher, 39(7), 680. doi

Stallman, H., Eley, D. & Hutchinson, A. D. (2017). Trigger warnings: Caring or coddling. Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association, 50, 89–92.

Stallman, H. M. & Hutchinson, A. D., Woolley, B. (under review). To report or not to report: A case study of a coping planning approach for reporting suicide.

Stallman, H. M., Ohan, J. L., & Hutchinson, A. D. (under review). Uncomplicating bereavement following suicide using the theory of Coping Planning.

Stallman, H. M. & Hutchinson, A. D. (under review). Evaluation of a client- and strengths-focused suicide prevention training program.

Stallman, H. M. & Muncey, P. (under review).  Are extension requests an opportunity to support student self-management skills?

Stallman, H. M. (2017). Care · Collaborate · Connect: Suicide Prevention Training Program. Adelaide: University of South Australia.

Stallman, H. M. (2017). My Coping Plan [mobile application]. Available  at Android and Apple stores.

Stallman, H. M. (2017). Coping is for everyone [animation]. Available at

Stallman, H. M. (2017). Coping Index.  Adelaide: University of South Australia.

Stallman, H. M. (June, 2017). When the antidote is the poison: Rethinking suicide prevention. Presentation for the International Association for University Student Health and Wellbeing, Adelaide, Australia. Available at