Recovery Approaches to Suicide Prevention

Professional Development Series


Working collaboratively to support people at risk of suicide

This two day workshop is designed to assist workers in the community mental health sector to work in a collaborative and relational way with people at risk of suicide.

Participants will explore trauma-informed, recovery oriented and strengths based approaches through a range of activities, discussions and videos. Learn to effectively support people with thoughts of suicide or after a suicide attempt through strong communication and relationship building skills.

Organisations will greatly benefit from workers’ increased confidence in responding to warning signs, clear communication within teams, ethical practice and improved service delivery for consumers.

Important: Please be advised, this course contains material which some participants may find distressing.


Who is this for?

  • New and existing mental health workers
  • AOD workers
  • Aged care workers
  • Indigenous services
  • Housing, homelessness and refuge workers
  • Community service workers



What others have said about this course

“Found the course very interesting & relevant. Now feel very confident if I was in a situation in my professional & private life where someone was [talking] about suicide, that I could assist them to commence a recovery plan” Course Participant, Neami

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Face-to-face Workshops

This qualification requires attendance at 2 full-day face-to-face training sessions.*

Statement of Participation

A statement of participation will be granted upon satisfactory attendance of the required training sessions.

*Subject to change. Training requirements will be confirmed upon enrolment.


Key Learnings

  • Reduce immediate risk of suicide and increase safety
  • Identify risk and protective factors, warning signs and points of change and explore ambivalence
  • Develop collaborative care plans
  • Recognise the limits of the workers’ role, when and how to refer to specialist assistance or facilitate links to further care
  • Ensure information related to suicidality is communicated effectively in the workplace
  • Stay healthy as a worker - ensure self-care and access to support services

Units of Competency

The two day workshop can also be completed as an elective unit of competency within the Certificate IV in Mental Health. Assessment fees apply. Visit our Certificate IV in Mental Health page for more information.