Care · Collaborate · Connect was developed by award-winning Clinical Psychologist, Dr Helen Stallman. Dr Stallman is committed to person-centred clinical practice, that is, support and interventions that meet the needs of each individual person asking for help.
Care · Collaborate · Connect is the only acute suicide prevention intervention that has been shown to reduce distress and improve wellbeing.
Care · Collaborate · Connect is based on the Health Theory of Coping and the Coping Planning approach to suicide planning developed by Associate Professor Helen Stallman in conjunction with Dr Tony Arklay and Dr John Bennett.
Our vision is for universal health and wellbeing characterised by:
- healthy environments, responsive parenting, sense of belonging, healthy behaviours (sleep, nutrition, exercise), healthy coping, resilience, and treatment for illnesses; and
- that everyone who asks for help feels cared about and supported and is treated with respect.
Our mission is to empower everyone to support others when they’re upset.
Our Core Values
- Incorporate the needs of all stakeholders into solutions
- Embed high ethical standards in practice and products
- Use the most-up-to date science to underpin practice.
Suicide Prevention Principles
The five Care · Collaborate · Connect Suicide Prevention Principles are:
- Suicide results from inadequate coping skills to reduce distress that is caused by problems in one or more domains of health and wellbeing—healthy environments, responsive parenting, sense of belonging, healthy behaviours, coping, resilience, and treatment of illness.
- Suicide prevention involves the whole community—individuals, families, communities, schools, workplaces, and government and non-government service providers.
- Investing in the seven components of health and wellbeing is critical to suicidal prevention.
- Appropriate support and treatment should be provided to everyone who asks for help.
- Suicide prevention activities should be evidence-based to improve problems with health and wellbeing that lead to suicide.
The Care · Collaborate · Connect difference
We put the needs and experience of others at the heart of practice to provide support and services to meet client needs, improve coping, and ultimately prevent suicide.
Care · Collaborate · Connect:
- attends to the needs of individuals, not the risk of a future event (e.g., suicide)
- is an approach to care for anyone who is upset, rather than waiting until someone says the word ‘suicide’
- focuses attention on ‘what to do’ (cope with distress) not ‘what not to do’ (die by suicide)
- normalises unpleasant emotions, distress and coping, rather than pathologizing normal human experiences
- helps people cope with life, not be hypervigilant for suicidal crises
- situates distress within the biological, psychological, and social components of health and wellbeing.
At the heart of Care · Collaborate · Connect is the goal of creating social change that ensures that everyone who asks for help feels respected, supported, and has their needs met. To date, we have provided more than $250,000 worth of training free of charge to up-skill health professionals and students to attend to the needs of people who are upset, including those with suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
The My Coping Plan app is provided free-of-charge so that it is accessible to everyone who wants to improve their coping.
In a world first, Care · Collaborate · Connect was developed in 2016 by award-winning Clinical Psychologist Dr Helen Stallman at the University of South Australia to help health professionals better support people who have suicidal thoughts and behaviours. The aim was to attend to the needs of the person rather than trying to conduct a risk assessment. Care · Collaborate · Connect is based on the Coping Planning approach to suicide prevention that was developed by Dr Stallman in conjunction with General Practitioners Dr Tony Arklay and Dr John Bennett.
Care · Collaborate · Connect was developed from the most up-to-date science on health and wellbeing, mental illness, neuroscience and suicide prevention. As well as meeting the needs of clients, this approach is preferred by health professionals because of its strengths- and person-focus.
Because unpleasant emotions are distress are universal and we all need support sometimes, we developed versions of the program to help parents, friend, and workplaces use Care · Collaborate · Connect and create a culture of coping with the aim of contributing to suicide prevention.
The Care · Collaborate · Connect team participated in the Australian Government's 2019 ON Prime program. ON is Australia's national science and technology accelerator program, powered by CSIRO that takes hand-picked ideas and empowers Australian researchers to attract the resources they need to create an impact.