Lived Experience Network – Expressions of Interest to attend Suicide Prevention Australia Forums

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27 February 2018
A warm hello to all Lived Experience Network Members!
Suicide Prevention Australia will be hosting a series of Breakfast Briefing Forums during March in all State and Territory capital cities.
It is important that members of the SPA National Lived Experience Network (along with a similar number of Organisational Members and Associate Members) have the opportunity to share your views on Suicide Prevention Australia’s priorities and activities for 2018.
Dates
Adelaide
8 March
Perth
9 March
Brisbane
14 March
Darwin
15 March
Sydney
20 March
Canberra
21 March
Melbourne
22 March
Hobart
23 March
Timing for all Forums: registration from 7.00am for a 7.30am start, and finish at 8.45am.
Send an Email to indicate your interest to attend
If you want to provide your feedback alongside Suicide Prevention Australia’s Organisational and Associate Members, please register your interest by replying to livedexp@suicidepreventionaust.org and we will be in touch.
Places are limited at each Forum – don’t delay!
If you are unable to attend a Forum, we definitely want to hear your thoughts on SPA’s priorities and activities via our 2018 Lived Experience Network Member Survey.
We will update you on some of the key findings from the Fora in later in the year.
Warm regards
Tracy
Lived Experience Program Manager
02 9262 1130

For help in Australia

CAPS – Talk Suicide Support Service – Free telephone and face to face support      1800 008 255

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

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

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

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

SANE Australia help

SANE Australia Helpline  –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10am-10pm AEST) 1800 18 72 63

Helpline chat – Chat online with a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST)

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

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ALASKA: Public Health Releases Five-Year Suicide Prevention Plan

Alaska suicide prevention plan

Table of Contents
Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………….7
The Parable of the River……………………………………………………………………………9

Goal 1: Alaskans Accept Responsibility for Preventing Suicide

Strategy 1.1 ~ Alaskans learn and understand that suicide is preventable……..10
Strategy 1.2 ~ Respected Alaska adults and elders practice healthy,
responsible lifestyles in order to serve as role models for younger
generations…………………………………………………………………………………………..11
Strategy 1.3 ~ Alaska youth are connected to healthy relationships with
respected role models in their community………………………………………………….12
Strategy 1.4 ~ Communities will cultivate environments of respectfulness
and connectedness for all Alaskans…………………………………………………………..13
Strategy 1.5 ~ Communities will engage parents and other respected adults
in the promotion of healthy lifestyles with youth………………………………………….14
Strategy 1.6 ~ Communities will host conversations and share information
about suicide prevention…………………………………………………………………………15
Strategy 1.7 ~ Community organizations will support and promote
healthy families and lifestyles………………………………………………………………….16
Strategy 1.8 ~ The State of Alaska will enhance peer-to-peer supports
as an integral part of wellness promotion and suicide prevention…………………17

Goal 2: Alaskans Prevent and Mitigate the Impact of Trauma, Substance Abuse, and Other Risk Factors Contributing to Suicide

Strategy 2.1 ~ Alaskans know how to identify when someone is at risk of
suicide, and how to respond appropriately to prevent a suicide……………………..18
Strategy 2.2 ~ Alaskans know about Careline and other community
crisis lines, and can share that information with others……………………………….20
Strategy 2.3 ~ Providers of services to veterans and family caregivers
will prioritize suicide prevention screenings and effective interventions…………20
Strategy 2.4 ~ Spiritual leaders will encourage suicide prevention
awareness and training in their communities of faith/belief………………………….21
Strategy 2.5 ~ Alaskans come together in reconciliation and healing
to restore what was lost due to historical trauma and colonization………………..22
Strategy 2.6 ~ Health care providers understand how to recognize the
signs of suicide risk, talk with/screen patients about suicide, and
connect patients to appropriate treatment and support services……………………23       Strategy 2.7 ~ All Alaskans, senior services providers, and family caregivers understand how to recognize and act on the signs of suicide risk and other factors for suicide (substance abuse, violence, depression, etc.),  to protect the health of seniors.24      Strategy 2.8 ~ The State of Alaska will expand evidence-based crisis intervention training and supports to the entire public safety system (law enforcement, village police/public safety officers, EMTs, firefighters, etc.)……………………………………………………………………25

Goal 3: Alaskans Communicate, Cooperate, and Coordinate Suicide Prevention Efforts

Strategy 3.1 ~ Communities will partner with diverse organizations
to raise awareness about limiting access to lethal means of suicide…………….26
Strategy 3.2 ~ The State of Alaska and its partners will make training
in evidence-based suicide prevention and intervention models accessible
to all interested Alaskans……………………………………………………………………….27
Strategy 3.3 ~ Communities will include suicide prevention in their wellness
coalitions’ missions……………………………………………………………………………….28
Strategy 3.4 ~ Community suicide prevention efforts will expressly address the contributing factor of substance abuse……………………………………29
Strategy 3.5 ~ The State of Alaska will coordinate all prevention
efforts across all departments and divisions, to ensure that Alaska has
a comprehensive prevention system that recognizes the connections
between suicide, substance abuse, domestic violence, bullying,
child abuse, teen risk behaviors, poor school performance, etc……………………30
Strategy 3.6 ~ The State of Alaska will provide financial and technical
support for innovative implementation of 1) evidenced-based prevention
and 2) research-based suicide prevention practices that provide a sense
of hope and opportunity. ………………………………………………………………………..
Strategy 3.7 ~ The State of Alaska will support positive messaging,
community conversations and media efforts to change social norms and
perceptions about mental illness, addiction, depression, and suicide,
and promote seeking treatment and recovery…………………………………………….32

Goal 4: Alaskans Have Immediate Access to the Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services They Need

Strategy 4.1 ~ Alaskans know who to call and how to access help — and
then ask for that help — when they feel like they are in crisis and/or at
risk of suicide…………………………………………………………………………….33
Strategy 4.2 ~ Community health providers offer appropriate services
to Alaskans in crisis when they need them and as close to home
as possible………………………………………………………………………………………….. 34
Strategy 4.3~ Community health providers will offer bridge services
for young adults experiencing serious behavioral health disorders after
age 18/21…………………………………………………………………………………………….34

Goal 5: Alaskans Support Survivors in Healing

Strategy 5.1 ~ Survivors of a loss to suicide know about ongoing support and suicide prevention resources and how to share their lived experience in suicide prevention efforts that support their own healing. 35

Strategy 5.2 ~ The State of Alaska will provide resources, tools, and technical assistance for locally-directed postvention efforts when invited by communities…………………………………………………………………………..35

Goal 6: Quality Data and Research is Available and Used for Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Suicide Prevention Efforts

Strategy 6.1~ The State of Alaska will improve statewide suicide
data collection efforts, employing epidemiological standards/models
to ensure quality reporting, analysis, and utilization for timely
data-driven policy decisions……………………………………………………………………36
Strategy 6.2 ~ The State of Alaska will partner with tribal governments,
Alaska Native corporations, and academic organizations to continue to
explore and research the multiple dimensions of risk factors for suicide,
prioritizing the health and environmental factors affecting high-risk
populations…………………………………………………………………………………………37
Strategy 6.3~ The State of Alaska, with its partners, will evaluate
the effectiveness of crisis intervention models and responses in
use in Alaska………………………………………………………………………………………..39

Conclusion………………………………………………………………………………41

Recasting the Net Upstream Checklist………………42

For help in Australia

CAPS – Talk Suicide Support Service – Free telephone and face to face support      1800 008 255

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

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

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

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

SANE Australia help

SANE Australia Helpline  –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10am-10pm AEST) 1800 18 72 63

Helpline chat – Chat online with a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST)

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 Centre for Clinical Interventions

Psychotherapy, Research, Training

WA Govt; Consumer Resources

Don’t let the name fool you, they have a very comprehensive, user friendly, valuable set of self-help training workbooks.

Welcome to the Consumer Resources section
If you suffer from a condition that is affecting your mental health and are looking for specific information about different types of problems then the information packages, or InfoPax,  listed below may be relevant to you. The InfoPax consist of a number of modules that you can complete online, or you can save the modules to your computer and work through them onscreen in your own time. Alternatively, you can print out the modules and work through them by hand.

We strongly encourage you to talk to your local doctor or a mental health professional about your difficulties as the information provided in the resources are NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis or treatment by an appropriate health professional. Please refer to the full disclaimer regarding the information on this website before making use of these resources.

PDF Documents
Many of the documents on this website are in PDF format. You will need a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader® in order to view the documents. You can download the free pdf reader from Adobe at http://www.adobe.com.

If you would like to download briefer handouts and worksheets, please click here to be directed to our Mental Health Practitioners resource section.

Assert Yourself!
Improve your Assertiveness. Being assertive is an important communication skill which can reduce your levels of depression and anxiety and improve your self esteem. This information package is designed to provide you with some information about assertiveness – what it is, what stops us from being assertive and how to become more assertive. This information package is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.  We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next.  Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Back from the Bluez
Coping with Depression: This InfoPax is designed to provide you with some information about depression and suggested strategies for how you can manage your mood.  It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.  Although it is not necessary that you complete one module before going on to the next, this is recommended. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Building Body Acceptance
Overcoming Body Dysmorphia: This information package is designed to provide you with some information about body dysmorphic disorder – how it develops, how it is maintained and how to address this problem. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. We recommend that you complete one module before moving onto the next. Each module contains information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Building Self-Compassion
From Self-Criticism to Self-Kindness:
This InfoPax is designed to provide you with some information and practical skills to help you be less critical and more compassionate towards yourself. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.  We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Facing Your Feelings
Overcoming Distress Intolerance: This information package is designed to provide you with some information about distress intolerance and suggested strategies for managing distressing or uncomfortable feelings more effectively. This information package is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.  Although it is not necessary that you complete one module before going on to the next, this is recommended.  Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Helping Health Anxiety
Overcoming Health Anxiety: This InfoPax is designed to provide you with some information about health anxiety, including how it develops, how it is maintained, and how to decrease your health worries and concerns. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Improving Self-Esteem
Overcoming Low Self-Esteem: This information package is designed to provide you with some information about low self-esteem – how it develops, how it is maintained, and how to address this problem.  This Infopax is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.  We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next.  Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Keeping Your Balance
Coping with Bipolar Disorder: This InfoPax is designed to provide you with some information about bipolar disorder and suggested strategies for how you can manage your mood.  This information package is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.  Although it is not necessary that you complete one module before going on to the next, this is recommended.  Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Overcoming Disordered Eating – Part A
Overcoming Disordered Eating – Part A: This information package is designed to provide you with some information about disordered eating – how it develops, how it is maintained, and strategies to start to change the problem behaviours associated with disordered eating.  This infopax is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.  We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next. Each module contains information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Overcoming Disordered Eating – Part B
Overcoming Disordered Eating – Part B: This information package follows on the Overcoming Disordered Eating – Part A, and provides some strategies and techniques to change the thinking patterns associated with disordered eating. This infopax is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.  We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next.  Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Panic Stations
Coping with Panic Attacks: This InfoPax is designed to provide you with some information about panic attacks and panic disorder and suggested strategies for how you can manage your panic and anxiety.  It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.  Although it is not necessary that you complete one module before going on to the next, this is recommended. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Perfectionism in Perspective
Overcoming Perfectionism: This Information Package is designed to help you understand what is helpful and unhelpful about being a perfectionist.  The goal is not for you to give up your high standards altogether but to learn to pursue healthy high standards rather than unrelenting high standards that negatively impact your life. This Infopax is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Put Off Procrastinating!
Overcoming Procrastination: This Infopax is designed to provide you with some information about procrastination and some suggested strategies for how you can address this problem. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. Although it is not necessary that you complete one module before going on to the next, this is recommended. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Shy No Longer
Coping with Social Anxiety: This InfoPax is designed to provide you with some information about social anxiety and suggested strategies for how you can manage your anxiety in social situations.  It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.  Although it is not necessary that you complete one module before going on to the next, this is recommended. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
What? Me Worry!?!
Mastering Your Worries: This InfoPax is designed to provide you with some information about chronic worrying and generalised anxiety disorder and suggested strategies for how you can manage your worrying and anxiety.  It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.  We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Other Resources
A collection of audio files for meditation along with links to a mobile app called Worry Time.

For help in Australia

CAPS – Talk Suicide Support Service – Free telephone and face to face support      1800 008 255

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

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

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

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

SANE Australia help

SANE Australia Helpline  –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10am-10pm AEST) 1800 18 72 63

Helpline chat – Chat online with a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST)

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

BeThe1to SAVE a LIFE – The Ripple Effect

Published on 13 Jan 2018

more ripple

Learn 5 simple clinically proven steps in less than 5 minutes that can HELP YOU PREVENT A SUICIDE.

Dr. John Draper, Director of The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, breaks it down to Kevin Hines “it’s like CPR” for people experiencing mental pain. Recorded during filming for the documentary Suicide The Ripple Effect, which will be released globally on March 13, 2018. You can sign up to host a theatrical screening today at http://www.SuicideTheRippleEffect.com. If you or someone you know is struggling call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK [8255] #BeHereTomorrow #HopeHelpsHeal Learn more at BeThe1To.com

For help in Australia

CAPS – Talk Suicide Support Service – Free telephone and face to face support      1800 008 255

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

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

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

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

SANE Australia help

SANE Australia Helpline  –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10am-10pm AEST) 1800 18 72 63

Helpline chat – Chat online with a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST)

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

We need ALTERNATIVES TO SUICIDE Peer 2 Peer Support Groups!

alternatives to suicide facilitator training

Traditional risk based approaches don’t always help. Not everyone feels safer going to hospital and not everyone finds the support they need there. We even see media coverage about people killing themselves after admission to hospital. No new approaches have been forthcoming, apart from a recent trial of biomedical devices for people on suicide watch.  

As a survivor of multiple attempts and a peer supporter to other people, I have an understanding of why traditional approaches don’t work for everyone. 
There is NO ONE who will listen as compassionately, empathetically and non-judgmentally as a peer when you’re hounded by suicidal thoughts or recovering from a suicide attempt. Even families can’t offer the same type of support, though they often try.

Be part of a new ALTERNATIVES TO SUICIDE peer-led approach. Apply for training via https://lnkd.in/gNJkGFB. Applications close 23 Feb 2018

 

Training is also taking place in Melbourne in March. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6365024249543041025 There are other events, including in Sydney – see https://www.mercycare.com.au/ats-2018

Contact: Joanne Kirker

Service Designer – MercyCare | Lived Experience Champion | Mental Health Advocate

For help in Australia

CAPS – Talk Suicide Support Service – Free telephone and face to face support      1800 008 255

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

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

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

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

SANE Australia help

SANE Australia Helpline  –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10am-10pm AEST) 1800 18 72 63

Helpline chat – Chat online with a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST)

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

“Words of wisdom from those who lived to tell the tale”

A descriptive phenomenological study of re-engaging with life after attempted suicide by Kerri Jackson

Abstract

The aims of the study are to explore the “lived experience” of re-engaging with life after attempted suicide, and provide deeper insight into this important phenomenon in order to help others in similar circumstances. The research question that informed the study was “What is the lived experience of re-engaging with life after attempted suicide?” The past focus on understanding the rates, causes, and risks of suicide has not been effective in reducing suicide rates. There is an identified need for more research into the “lived experience” of people who have attempted suicide. The methodology underpinning this thesis is descriptive phenomenology in the tradition of Edmond Husserl. Information came from taped, face-to-face, semi-structured interviews of one to two hours with eight participants: adult volunteers who shared their experience of the phenomenon. Analysis of participants’ transcripts of interview utilised Colaizzi’s (1978) analytic process. Eight central themes emerged in relation to how people re-engage with life after attempted suicide. These are: “The immediate aftermath”; “Doing the work”; “Life reshaping into something new”; “Finding a place to be”; “New ways of seeing”; “New ways of being”; “Making a difference”; and “In the long run.” The findings in the current study have the potential to make a substantive contribution to existing knowledge about the phenomenon of re-engaging with life after attempted suicide.

My thesis is finally available from Central Queensland University Library by using the following link

Words of wisdom

For help in Australia

CAPS – Talk Suicide Support Service – Free telephone and face to face support      1800 008 255

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

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

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

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

SANE Australia help

SANE Australia Helpline  –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10am-10pm AEST) 1800 18 72 63

Helpline chat – Chat online with a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST)

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