1-DAY Calm Yarn Suicide Intervention Skills

This is an Australian training program that empowers you to have a CALM conversation about suicide – to reduce stigma, promote help seeking and save lives.

CALM YARN is a one day, culturally appropriate workshop that teaches four key actions which build confidence, knowledge and skills. At the end of the day, participants are equipped to have a yarn and support someone as they move from thoughts of suicide to a safer place.

CALM YARN helps participants to:

Recognise the five signs of suicide

Make a positive connection

Hold the space and deeply listen

Develop a plan for strength and safety

Link to other culturally connected supports.

The program is delivered by an Indigenous facilitator.

Workshop Duration

1 Day

What You Will Learn

Factors that contribute to Indigenous suicide

How to recognise signs that someone may be thinking suicide

How and when to ask about suicide

How to listen to a person’s worries and stressors.

How to reconnect a person to themselves, their country, and people.

How to identify culturally appropriate supports.

How to develop a plan to help the person stay strong and safe.

What You Will Receive

The CALM model to guide you through four stages of an intervention

A 20-page Workbook including knowledge and skills to guide you through all stages of the conversation, including a list of National Helplines and Websites in Australia.

The “Be Calm” app that you can use during an intervention when you are supporting someone

The “Be Safe” app or worksheet for the person needing hope to create and record their safety plan

Reading material to further your learning and development

A printed certificate of attendance

Presented by fully accredited and qualified indigenous trainer

A program developed in partnership with an Indigenous Elder.

Learning Outcomes

Know a bit about Indigenous culture

Understand why rates of suicide are so high

Recognise warning signs, indicators, protective factors & stressors

Learn about Cultural beliefs and difference.

Identify signs that somebody is struggling

Know how to have a yarn and connect

Learn to move from yarning to supporting

Apps for well-being and safety planning

Become practiced with the Calm Yarn model


Hear from people who have participated in our in-person and online suicide prevention training.

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Thoroughly enjoyed the training facilitators, great presenters, very knowledgeable and engaging.
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I enjoyed the training, it is very suited to practitioners that have people presenting in crisis without experience in suicide prevention.
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Mel is a fantastic facilitator and made this training safe, engaging and informative. She is truly an asset and brings an incredible amount of knowledge and skills. I think she…
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Thank you for an informative and productive day
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Training was so informative
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Was a wonderful experience. The app is cool.
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Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training