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, 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 equips 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: 2 hours

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

Training format

The training is through  self-paced online programs.  They comprise a number of modules that are completed sequentially.

Cost and availability of training

The training programs are available free of charge to university students and health 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. Go to  https://e.unisa.edu.au/ and select the program you would like to enrol in.
  2.  If you do’t already have a UniSA External Moodle account, you will need to register before you can enrol in the course.

More information about 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.

How do the Care · Collaborate · Connect programs support university health and wellbeing?

This suite of programs can contribute to a coping culture within universities, promoted within the curriculum (suicide prevention, journalism, and student success) and in interactions with academics (working with distressed students) and counsellors (suicide prevention).  The Population-approach-to-mental-health-and-student-support document displays how these programs integrate with existing student support strategies.

For more information contact

Dr Helen Stallman,
School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy,
University of South Australia
Telephone:  08 8302 4360
Email: helen.stallman@unisa.edu.au