Marooned (Part 2)

A powerful Australian play that is cheap to stage, easy to tour, and works

When the Wolves tour this play, everyone stays behind after the performance and so that people in the audience can talk and have their say. Each community brings their own mental health people/workers along to spread the message in the community.

It is a great way to open up conversations about suicide prevention in your community. Give Michael a ring to discuss how you could bring “Marooned” to your community

Synopsis 

The story is simple, four Australians, from four different demographics are stuck in a waiting room in heaven. They have all taken their own lives and apparently failed. God never speaks to them, instead he leaves them to their own devices to discover what it is they must do to get out.  That is not only talking but listening. As they become closer they all find their second wind and start heading back, except one character, a man in his early fifties, who turned up broken but at the end is hungry to get home to his family and start living. Sadly, once alone, he discovers his attempt has been successful and he’s not going anywhere. This twist rams home the nightmare of suicide and while it leaves the audience stunned, the play itself leaves them uplifted.     

After every show they hang around and talk openly and warmly about their own stories and suicide. If mental health professionals are there to harness all this positivity, then these conversations are a breeding ground for change.

We are not a mental health charity, we are a not for profit theatre company who are happy to work with all groups who deal with this issue.

The play can be staged anywhere from a theatre to a barn, even outside.

Please contact the Chief of Army for an assessment.

But for now, we want to get this play on the road doing what it was written to do and doing it cost effectively.

Regards

Michael Gray Griffith

0425854943

Simon McKeon: Australian of the Year 2011 and a Rio Tinto Board member, has been instrumental in having Rio Tinto fully sponsor the North Queensland Tour of the play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av7uLNsA0A8&t=28s

Michael states:

“It was an interesting week. We had a lovely call from a man working at Suicide Prevention Australia. He informed us about how they work and congratulated us on the unfolding story of Marooned. He told us he felt it should be touring nationally. He then directed us to some other organisations who may be interested in aligning with us. So, fingers crossed.

Then after that a woman from a Victorian Primary Health Network called and we shared a similar conversation with her.

The lovely thing was finally being able to have a conversation with active members from the Suicide Prevention Community and let them know that we are interested in having the piece evaluated as a new tool in the fight. “

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A play about suicide that needs to be seen.

Initially rehearsed in a living room, from its opening night in a small theatre in Prahran, Marooned has been warmly accepted. It has toured parts of regional Victoria where it has attracted standing ovations and a loyal following.

The MTC invited The Wolves Theatre to stage it in one of their theatres, then the Chief of Army invited them to stage it for the Chain of Command in Canberra.

Now Covid willing, in September 2021 a National Conference in the UK will wrap up their conference with Marooned.

It’s been called a revolution by a top army psychologist and has also attracted the backing of a former Australian of the year, Simon McKeon.

Set in a waiting room in the afterlife, it focuses on the souls of four very different strangers who are bored and regretful and want to get out of this room and go home, but how? Maybe there is something they have to do. But what? Apart from the seats, the only thing in this room is each other.

“Marooned is undoubtedly the finest piece of theatre I’ve seen in many years. It had me in tears and belly laughing. Beautifully written and expertly performed. Stunningly good.” ~Megan Watts.

“This is an important play,” ~Alan Hopgood. “While I can see the influences of Harold Pinter, this is not Pinter.

This is an original voice”, ~Bruce Beresford

I laughed, I cried, I felt. It’s raw and extremely real.The actors are beyond amazing, the writing is phenomenal. It was an occasional shifting of bodies that brought you back to the reality that reminded you that this was a play. ~Natalie Powel

2021 Suicide Prevention Summit – free and online

The Australian Mental Health Academy & Lifeline Australia

LIVE   14-16 May 2021 ON-DEMAND   17 May – 20 June 2021

This conference is unbeatable, I wouldn’t miss it for the world…

https://www.mentalhealthacademy.com.au/suicideprevention

Look who’s on the 3-day program: the list speaks for itself, our best and brightest…

Prof. David A. Jobes, Director, The Catholic University of America Suicide Prevention Laboratory

A/Prof. Jonathan Singer, President, American Association of Suicidology

Prof. Cirecie West-Olatunji, Director, XULA Center for Traumatic Stress Research

Prof. Brian Draper, Professor (Conjoint) of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales

Prof. Debra Rickwood, Professor of Psychology, University of Canberra

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, President, United Suicide Survivors International

Leilani Darwin, Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy, Black Dog Institute

Dr. Zac Seidler, Research Fellow, Orygen/University of Melbourne

Jorgen Gullestrup, Founder and CEO, MATES in Construction

Amy Webster, Clinical Manager, Lifeline

Ingrid Ozols, Managing Director, Mental Health At Work

Carmen Betterridge, Director and Principal Psychologist, Suicide Risk Assessment Australia

Bronwen Edwards, Founder and CEO, Roses in the Ocean

Dr. Adam Hill, Research Fellow, Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society

Martina McGrath, Research Officer, Roses in the Ocean

Dr. Tara Hunt, Research and Engagement Manager, Lifeline Research Foundation

Dr. Jennifer Ma, Research Fellow in Psychology, University of Canberra

Dr. Anna Brooks, National Manager, Lifeline Research Foundation

Malarni Gaskell, Individual Placement Support Team, Act for Kids

Amy Kaukiainen, Psychologist, Act for Kids

Jade Ritchie, Clinical Services Practice Quality Consultant, Act for Kids

Carrie Lumby, Strategic Advisor, Roses in the Ocean

Tina Kenny, Suicide Prevention Peer Workforce Manager, Roses in the Ocean

Alan Woodward, Advisor on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Researcher and Evaluator

ORGANISER: Mental Health Academy

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CHARITY PARTNER Lifeline
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Lifeline is committed to empowering Australians to be suicide-safe through connection, compassion and hope.
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For help in Australia

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out     http://au.reachout.com/tough-times

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/suicide-prevention

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 pm – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help helpline@sane.org

SANE Australia Helpline  Chat –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10 am-10 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) 1800 187 263

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families

WA mental health groups say government support for community care is key to hospital crisis

By Nicolas Perpitch

Posted Friday 26 March 2021 at 8:08am, updated Friday 26 March 2021 at 4:12pm

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-26/mental-health-concerns-over-perth-ambulance-ramping/100028922

Ms Harvey sits at a desk reading a brochure.
Taryn Harvey says a lack of support — including housing — leads to longer hospital stays.(ABC News: Evelyn Manfield)

Seven years ago, Leonie Auld was deeply depressed and suicidal.

Her sister took her to the emergency department at the Joondalup Health Campus, where she was admitted to the mental health ward.

“You feel very out of control of your life,” Ms Auld said. 

“You don’t have a sense of autonomy and control in your life and you can really only do the basics.

“For me just getting up,  making coffee and going back to bed was a regular occurrence. Not dressing. Wearing the same clothes every day. 

“Not being able to cope with work. It’s affecting your daily activities and being able to survive everyday life.”

After four weeks, she left hospital, but said she was not provided with any help or support to adapt and rebuild her life in the community.

“Once I was out of the safety of the hospital and those four walls, and real life comes at you, I didn’t have the mechanisms or coping skills to do that on my own,” she said.

She relapsed and was readmitted to the mental health ward.

But when she was discharged the second time, she had access to group counselling, supported ‘step down’ accommodation and intensive therapy. 

“So that enabled me to still continue my recovery but not be in that clinical setting, which was really important for me,” Ms Auld said.

She was one of the lucky ones to have access to limited services — and her successful reintegration into the community meant an extra mental health bed was freed up.

Mental health load worsening hospital crisis

The state government has attributed major blockages in Perth’s public hospitals in large part to increasing demand for mental health beds. 

WA’s peak mental health consumer body wants more government support for people to stay healthy in the community and not fall back on emergency departments.

“If we’re looking at how do you stop code yellows, you support people so they’re well and don’t have to go into hospital in crisis,” Consumers of Mental Health WA chief executive Shauna Gaebler said. 

She is calling for more support for people during the vulnerable transition out of hospital and for a “navigation service” to help people find and access mental health support to avoid hospital readmission. 

She also wants support for people to create a stable new life outside hospital. 

“The things that affect our lives, it’s around employment support, it’s around some access to financial support, accommodation support,” she said. “Those things that make our lives meaningful.”

Taryn Harvey, chief executive of the Mental Health Association WA, said better community support would free up mental health beds.

“We know that the government’s most recent data showed that 27 per cent, or 178 people, who were in a mental health hospital bed actually had no clinical reason to be there,” Ms Harvey said. 

“They were ready to be discharged, but because of a lack of housing and ongoing community support, they weren’t able to be discharged.”

New mental health teams to be funded

Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson said the government was doing more to help people who did not require hospital treatment to become well in their communities, where they were close to support networks. 

That included establishing alternatives to emergency departments and crisis intervention services, such as ‘safe havens’ near Royal Perth Hospital and Kununurra emergency departments.

The government is also developing active recovery teams, which the Minister said would “bring together community support services and public hospital teams to ensure patients have the support they need to leave hospital and remain well in the community”.

The teams are due to be established by the middle of the year.

The government has already announced a $361 million package to expand youth community treatment services, assessment and treatment outreach teams and eating disorder services.

Health Minister Roger Cook said hospitals were also doing the best they could and more beds were being added to the system.

“It’s simply a stating of the obvious that occasionally hospitals will get a surge in presentations or something of that nature, and they just get the staff to redouble their efforts to move patients through,” he said.

“We’re seeing a growing number of presentations to our [emergency departments] and we’re seeing a particular cohort of patients who are highly complex and highly acute in terms of what symptoms they’re presenting with, and that’s really putting our ED’s under challenge.

“We’re bringing on 400 new beds. 300 are new inpatient beds and 100 of those are mental health beds, but we’re bringing on 117 beds on as a matter of urgency.”

To be continued…..

For help in Australia

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out     http://au.reachout.com/tough-times

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/suicide-prevention

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 pm – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help helpline@sane.org

SANE Australia Helpline  Chat –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10 am-10 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) 1800 187 263

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families

Marooned (Part 1)

“This play captures your attention all the way through. It is challenging yet compassionate in its take on this difficult topic, suicide. Seeing this play opens up the conversation for us all, about a topic that has been hidden for a long time” Olivia Wong, Psychiatrist.

https://www.wolvestheatre.com/so/12NNYboLF#/main

A good news suicide prevention story

Initially this original Australian play was meant to have a short season in a small theatre in Melbourne as a dedication to our friend, an actor who took his life.

But instead it resonated so deeply with audiences it was clear that it was something special. Night after night audiences would hang around after the play wanting to talk openly, warmly and proactively about suicide and its prevention.  And many of these people from Barristers to Pensioners urged us to take it everywhere.

Suicide prevention conferences achieve these positive and communal conversations but usually after a day or two, while this play achieves the same result after only 90 minutes.

And this conversation that it initiates is why the regional towns are taking the play. 

More importantly it’s the reason The AUSTRALIAN ARMY is to tour the play to all their bases. 

James The boat builder who brought Marooned to Corowa

Synopsis

The story is simple, four Australians, from four different demographics are stuck in a waiting room in heaven. They have all taken their own lives and apparently failed. God never speaks to them, instead he leaves them to their own devices to discover what it is they must do to get out.  That is not only talking but listening. As they become closer they all find their second wind and start heading back, except one character, a man in his early fifties, who turned up broken but at the end is hungry to get home to his family and start living. Sadly, once alone, he discovers his attempt has been successful and he’s not going anywhere. This twist rams home the nightmare of suicide and while it leaves the audience stunned, the play itself leaves them uplifted.     

After every show they hang around and talk openly and warmly about their own stories and suicide. If mental health professionals are there to harness all this positivity, then these conversations are a breeding ground for change.

We are not a mental health charity, we are a not for profit theatre company who are happy to work with all groups who deal with this issue.

The towns themselves can put it on for free, or charge and use it as a fundraiser.

The play can be staged anywhere from a theatre to a barn, even outside.

Please contact the Chief of Army for an assessment.

But for now, we want to get this play on the road doing what it was written to do and doing it cost effectively.

Regards

Michael Gray Griffith 0425854943

The Wedge Theatre, Sale.

Corowa Town Hall

Yarrawonga  Town Hall

Red Rock Regional Theatre

Canberra, Army Headquaters

Franskston

Camberwell

Prahan MC Showroom

MTC

The Palace Hotel

Towns Booked 

  • Ballarat
  • Launceston
  • Finley 
  • Paroo
  • Bega 
  • Grandlston
  • Canarvon
  • Berrigan 
Noel Thomas who brought Marooned to Yarrawonga
Graham Blumfield who brought the play to Frankston

For help in Australia

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out     http://au.reachout.com/tough-times

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/suicide-prevention

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 pm – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help helpline@sane.org

SANE Australia Helpline  Chat –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10 am-10 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) 1800 187 263

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families

Giving Men a Hand: The case for a male suicide prevention strategy

Australian Men’s Health Forum

Poole, G., 2020. Giving Men A Hand: The case for a National Plan to Prevent Male Suicide. Sydney: Australian Men’s Health Forum.
AMHF receives funding from the Australian Government.

CONTENTS

Thinking Differently About Male Suicide Page 1

The Facts About Male Suicide Page 2

10 Ways Male Suicide is Different Page 3

The Case For A National Plan To Prevent Male Suicide Page 4

5 Reasons We Need A Plan To Prevent Male Suicide Page 5

Moving Beyond Mental Health Page 6

Focusing On Life Crises Page 7

5 Risk Factors For Male Suicide Page 8

Looking Out For Men At Risk Page 10

Social Factors that Shape Male Suicide Page 12

Barriers To Preventing Male Suicide Page 14

Making Suicide Prevention Services Male-Friendly Page 16

10-Step Guide to Developing Male-Centred Health Programs Page 17

Five Actions to Prevent Male Suicide Page 18

“A recent analysis of Government-funded suicide prevention projects by the Australian Men’s Health Forum found that while 75% of suicides are male, the majority of Government-funded suicide prevention initiatives are more effective at reaching women (AMHF 2020).
These include StandBy (80% female clients); Kids Helpline
(77%); Beyond Blue’s Way Back Support Service (60%); headspace (60%) and Lifeline (around 60%).” Page 15.

Let’s Keep Preventing Female Suicide
While this report focuses on the need to prevent male suicide, work to prevent suicide should be gender inclusive and take into account the needs of women, girls and gender diverse people too. Page 5.

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/amhf/pages/1237/attachments/original/1616117359/MENS_HEALTH_Giving_Men_a_Hand__FINAL_V4_SINGLE.pdf?1616117359

For help in Australia

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out     http://au.reachout.com/tough-times

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/suicide-prevention

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 pm – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help helpline@sane.org

SANE Australia Helpline  Chat –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10 am-10 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) 1800 187 263

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families

Mary O’Brien’s “Are You Bogged Mate?” Program

Profiled on ABC’s Landline

Recognition for Mary O’Brien’s Are You Bogged Mate? program continues to gain traction. Following her recent double gong victories in the Australian Men’s Health Forum’s National Men’s Health Awards for 2020, Mary was featured in the ABC’s highly rated Landline, which focuses on stories in outback Australia.

Mary tells reporter Pip Courtney that she started Are You Bogged Mate? two years ago after two local men died of suicide in her hometown Dalby, three hours west of Brisbane.

Having spent her life travelling the country giving spray drift workshops to grain-growers, and growing up on a sheep property, she had developed a deep understanding of rural blokes and how to reach them.

“They are a very special breed, and they are certainly worth looking after,” she said.

Mary quotes statistics on male suicide, and says they scare the hell out of her.

“Six men a day in this country take their own life and two women. Rural men are twice as likely to take their own life as metropolitan men. In the 20-24-year-old age bracket, 40% of those young men that die are by suicide.”

When Mary developed her suicide prevention and mental health awareness program, she chose to deliver her message in relatable language and farming metaphors, likening depression to a machine getting bogged.

“If you red-line your machine all the time, it’s going to blow up,” she tells a group of rural blokes in a big open farm shed.

As one farmer states, “the analogy between mental health and seeking assistance is just brilliant.”

Psychologists and participants interviewed on the show say Mary is bridging the gap between mainstream health services that ‘don’t fit in with what communities need,’ and blokes. “On a daily basis, Mary saves lives,” claims Dervla Loughnan, who runs a virtual text-based counselling service.

Farmer Stuart Armitage was one of those blokes, who suffered deeply through the 2011 floods. “She’s on the same level as us and that’s the way we like it.”

Are You Bogged Mate? recently gain charity status and is paving the way to get sponsorship.  

“Services are missing getting the blokes in,” says Mary. “There is a still a stigma there. I hope I can break down some of those barriers and put it into ‘bloke-speak’ or farmer speak.”

She told Landline the AMHF Men’s Health Awards had been a special moment of recognition.

Mary won the overall Qld Men’s Health Award and the National Women Working in Men’s Health Award.

“That was awesome it was really humbling. And hopefully it just shines a bit more of a spotlight on rural men’s mental health and how important these guys are.”

https://www.amhf.org.au/are_you_bogged_mate_profiled_on_abc_s_landline

Take Action for Men’s Health

View Mary O’Brien story on Landline (ABC 28:55) (about half-way through the program at the 30 minute mark)

Read: National 2020 Men’s Health Award winners announced (AMHF)

Read: Mary O’Brien wins Qld Men’s Health Award (AMHF)

For help in Australia

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out     http://au.reachout.com/tough-times

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/suicide-prevention

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 pm – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help helpline@sane.org

SANE Australia Helpline  Chat –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10 am-10 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) 1800 187 263

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families

Humane Clinic Workshops

Matt Ball: Nurse Practitioner / Psychotherapist | Founder & Director at HUMANE Clinic | Former Australian Mental Health Nurse of the Year | Author of Dissociachotic Theory

For help in Australia

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out     http://au.reachout.com/tough-times

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/suicide-prevention

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 pm – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help helpline@sane.org

SANE Australia Helpline  Chat –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10 am-10 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) 1800 187 263

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families

Nobody’s Normal:How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness

by Roy Richard Grinker (Author, George Washington University)

A compassionate and captivating examination of evolving attitudes toward mental illness throughout history and the fight to end the stigma.

For centuries, scientists and society cast moral judgments on anyone deemed mentally ill, confining many to asylums. In Nobody’s Normal, anthropologist Roy Richard Grinker chronicles the progress and setbacks in the struggle against mental-illness stigma—from the eighteenth century, through America’s major wars, and into today’s high-tech economy.

Nobody’s Normal argues that stigma is a social process that can be explained through cultural history, a process that began the moment we defined mental illness, that we learn from within our communities, and that we ultimately have the power to change. Though the legacies of shame and secrecy are still with us today, Grinker writes that we are at the cusp of ending the marginalization of the mentally ill. In the twenty-first century, mental illnesses are fast becoming a more accepted and visible part of human diversity.

Grinker infuses the book with the personal history of his family’s four generations of involvement in psychiatry, including his grandfather’s analysis with Sigmund Freud, his own daughter’s experience with autism, and culminating in his research on neurodiversity. Drawing on cutting-edge science, historical archives, and cross-cultural research in Africa and Asia, Grinker takes readers on an international journey to discover the origins of, and variances in, our cultural response to neurodiversity.

Urgent, eye-opening, and ultimately hopeful, Nobody’s Normal explains how we are transforming mental illness and offers a path to end the shadow of stigma.

Roy Richard Grinker is professor of anthropology and international affairs at the George Washington University. He is the author of several books, including Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism. He lives in Washington, DC.

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/stigma-mental-illness_richard-grinkler/13165558

For help in Australia

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out     http://au.reachout.com/tough-times

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/suicide-prevention

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 pm – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help helpline@sane.org

SANE Australia Helpline  Chat –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10 am-10 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) 1800 187 263

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families

Postvention Australia Live Webinar “The value of peer support in Postvention”

Wednesday 24th February 2021 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm

This webinar episode acknowledges the value of lived experience and peers in post-suicide support. First-hand knowledge, understanding of bereavement & healing journey are vital in supporting those impacted by suicide, whilst also instilling a sense of purpose for the peer workers themselves. The session includes:

  • Jill Chapman, Co-Founder, MOSH (Minimisation of Suicide Harm), will present on the suicide bereavement support groups she ran, after losing her son, Michael, to suicide. 
  • Louise Flynn, Manager, Support After Suicide Jesuit Social Services, will run an informative session aimed at those bereaved by suicide who wish to start their own support groups. 
  • Panel discussion between speakers Louise, Jill and a peer support group attendee, on their experiences in facilitating and attending peer support groups. 
  • Q&A session.

Registration: Free
Event website: http://webinars.postventionaustralia.org
Aim: To help reduce stigma surrounding suicide and improve community awareness & understanding of the bereavement experience

For help in Australia

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out     http://au.reachout.com/tough-times

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/suicide-prevention

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 pm – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help helpline@sane.org

SANE Australia Helpline  Chat –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10 am-10 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) 1800 187 263

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families

Griffith University Research – “We would like to know about your experiences using an antipsychotic medication”

Are you 18 years or older and have been using an antipsychotic to manage a mental illness for at least 3 months?

If so, then Griffith University researchers want to talk to you about your journey.
We are driven to understand your individual experience and perspective about using an antipsychotic, the impact of this medication on multiple facets of your daily life (e.g. emotional and physical) and the strategies you have used to overcome these effects.
With your participation, strategies used to overcome the negative impacts of antipsychotics can be further understood and used to assist new or current users of antipsychotics in overcoming associated side effects.
Study ethics approval has been obtained from Griffith University (2020/945).

What is involved?

  • A chat (30-45 minutes) with a researcher at your local Stepping Stone Clubhouse or via the phone, or online, at a time convenient to you.
  • We would also like to discuss your journey leading to the use of antipsychotics, other medication use (if applicable) and involvement with health professionals.
  • To further ensure that study findings are relevant and are an accurate representation of your viewpoint on the topic, there will be an opportunity for a follow up discussion OR focus group with other participants to discuss the research and gather feedback.
  • You are welcome to bring a support person if that is your wish.
  • You will receive a $30 gift voucher as appreciation for you time.
  • If you are interested
    Please email Ben Lumsden: ben.lumsden@griffithuni.edu.au

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