Child and Youth Suicide Prevention in the School Context

Donna Redman
NESA Accredited Child and Youth Suicide Prevention Workshops
Keep your students safe to learn! Build your capacity to identify students at risk, intervene safely and link them effectively to the support they need. Essential train...
Target Audience
Primary & Secondary teachers working with students in Stages 2-6, particularly those in roles responsible for student welfare.

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards


Primary & Secondary teachers working with students in Stages 2-6, particularly those in roles responsible for student welfare.

Available Delivery Formats

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


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Child and Youth Suicide Prevention in the School Context

5 hours

This full-day workshop will improve the confidence of those working with children and young people to identify students at risk and link them effectively and safely to mental health professionals. It has been designed to create a safer and more supportive school environment by focussing on the following key areas:
- Current trends and statistics pertaining to child and youth suicide in Australia
- The role of the ‘Gatekeeper’ in suicide prevention
- Protective factors that enhance student wellbeing and safety
- Risk factors and how these manifest into warning signs that teachers and support staff can look out for
- Safe methods of intervention when working with students at risk (including self-care and arenas of safety)
- Referring young people at risk to support services
- Synthesising knowledge gained into real and practical scenarios

What To Bring

Attendees will be provided will all the necessary resources for this course.

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About the team

Donna Redman


Donna is a writer, speaker, teacher trainer and secondary educator. She has expertise in student wellbeing, establishing effective school systems and positive strategies for youth suicide prevention.
In 2013 Donna was awarded the NSW Premier’s Anika Foundation Youth Depression Awareness Scholarship and examined strategies implemented globally for youth suicide prevention and she recognized the importance of proactively enhancing teacher confidence within the school context. Donna assisted in the planning of the Wollongong Diocesan Suicide Pre, Inter and Post-Vention Strategic Plan. Donna’s company Awaken Youth facilitates NESA Accredited 'Gatekeeper’ workshops for teachers as well as targeted suicide prevention training for parents and guardians of young people. Additionally, Donna is an accredited trainer with LivingWorks and delivers safeTALK suicide prevention training to senior students in secondary schools. In 2015 she presented at the Suicide Prevention Australia Conference on the topic ‘Teachers: the greatest untapped resource in youth suicide prevention.’ She is a member of the Macarthur Suicide Prevention Network committee and is employed as a Telephone Crisis Supporter for Lifeline. In 2017 Donna presented workshops nationally at the Positive Schools Conference titled: ‘Positive Strategies for the Prevention of Youth Suicide’. In 2018 she will be presenting in Sydney at the ProPsych Mental Health in Schools Conference on the topic ‘Child and Youth Suicide Prevention in the School Context’. Donna is also the author of the young adult novel Awakening Sebastian, which communicates a strong positive and preventative message regarding youth suicide.