Stronger Smarter Yarns for Life (SSY4L) is a First Nations Peoples, evidence based early suicide prevention program. It moves the dial from late stage imminent risk intervention to early suicide prevention.

SSY4L provides indigenous and non indigenous learners with the knowledge, skills and confidence to have early yarns with people who are becoming vulnerable, experiencing a personal crisis and or starting to withdraw.

This online learning program is based on the original face to face program co-developed by ConNetica and Dr. Chris Sarra (2016 NAIDOC Person of the Year). The face to face program was piloted with members of the University of the Sunshine Coast University’s Bagara Centre and elders and community members from Bundaberg (Taribelang) and Canberra (Ngunnawal).

Learning Content

  • an awareness of the impact of colonisation on First Nations Peoples well being and mental health
  • an understanding of life events and social determinants that contribute to mental illness
  • the skills and knowledge to identify signs and debunk social myths
  • tailored mental health yarning planning tools
  • problem solving and yarning strategies, and
  • list of suitable referrals, support options and resources at local and national levels.

Learning Mediums and Duration

SSY4L includes videos, interactive stories, activities, and downloadable resources. It takes around 2 – 2.5 hours to complete. 

Creators of SSY4L eLearning Program

ConNetica’s Director Marion Wands and Innovation Leader, Adjunct Professor John Mendoza and the Sunshine Coast University’s (USC) Engage Lab leader, Professor Christian Jones worked collaboratively to develop this online program. We also wish to acknowledge the invaluable cultural advice and co-facilitation/hosting provided by Toby Adams, a proud Kullilli man.

ConNetica is a bespoke mental health and suicide prevention social enterprise. The Engage Research Lab is an internationally awarded creator of well-being and mental health digital solutions.

WARNING: First Nations Peoples viewers are warned that the online program does contain images of a deceased person.

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About Instructor

Marion Wands (M.Ed)

Marion has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education (Human Resource Studies). She creates and delivers engaging and practical learning programs, webinars and presentations.

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Course Includes

  • 12 Lessons
  • 32 Topics
  • 9 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate