AISRAP’s World Suicide Prevention Day Community Forum

Saving lives – Suicide Crisis Negotiation

Friday 14 September 2018

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Raymond APM, OAM (Retired)

In his session, Gary will explain the basics of Suicide Crisis Negotiation to prevent a person from taking their own life. He will explain the dangers, the approach, the do’s & don’ts of the negotiation methodology.

Negotiating at heights has its own hazards such as the height involved, the surface on which they are standing or sitting, the weather conditions, time of day or night, people armed with weapons as well as threatening to jump, the suicidal person attempting to grab the rescuer, bystanders goading the person to jump or intrusive media.

Gary will also cover suicide threats by people with weapons, hazardous materials, in nooses, improvised explosive devices or locked into their suicide machines.

Gary will explain the difference between negotiating with people who are sober or intoxicated, and those displaying psychotic symptoms.

Finally, Gary will discuss the emotional & psychological aftermath to the rescuer if a person suicides in their presence.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Raymond APM, OAM (Retired)
Diploma in Vocational Education & Training

Gary was appointed to the Police Rescue Squad for 10 years.

He performed 1,500 rescues including cliff rescues, vehicle crash rescues, industrial rescues, improvised explosive device disposals, armed offender situations, search & rescues.

Gary performed rescue & law enforcement missions on the Police Helicopter.  Gary is best known for his Suicide Crisis Negotiation skills, especially those threatening to jump from heights. He has successfully negotiated over 200 suicidal people from heights, with firearms, knives, razor blades, doused in fuel, in nooses, threatening to take tablets or drink poison.

Gary performed duty at the Granville Train Disaster, Hilton Hotel Bombing, Luna Park Ghost Train Fire, Thredbo Landslide Disaster, Savoy Hotel Christmas Day Fire, Pacific Heights Nursing Home Fire, Newcastle Earthquake, Manly Ferry running aground in Little Manly Cove, Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka, Cyclone Larry in North Queensland, Christchurch Earthquake in New Zealand.

Gary then completed his training as a Detective & performed duty in Criminal Investigation. Gary was on the team that successfully investigated the abduction, torture & murder of Nurse Anita Cobby at Blacktown & assassination of the Member of State Parliament John Newman at Cabramatta.

Gary has been presented with bravery awards for performing dangerous rescues & dealing with violent armed offenders. He has received the Order of Australia Medal, the Australian Police Medal, National Police Service Medal, National Medal with Clasp, New South Wales Police Service Medal with Clasp, Granville Train Disaster Medal, Police Commissioner’s 2000 Olympic Games Citation, Police Commissioner’s Certificate of Merit for the Terrorism Risk Assessment of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, National Award of Excellence in Critical Incident Stress Management & Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.

Since his retirement from the NSW Police Force, Gary conducts training in Suicide Prevention, Suicide Crisis Negotiation, Suicide Postvention, Emergency Management, Criminal Investigation & Dealing with Emotional Trauma.

Gary is Chaplain to the Police Post Trauma Support Groups in New South Wales, Leader Christian Police Fellowship New South Wales, Welfare Officer to the Retired Police Association New South Wales Parramatta/The Hills Branch, Senior Consultant for Risk, Response & Rescue, Patron for the Sydney Search Dogs Rescue Unit, Member of the Rotary Club of Blacktown City & along with his wife, a uniformed member of the Salvation Army.

Guest Speakers


  • Mr Ivan Frkovic, Queensland Mental Health Commissioner.
  • Mr David Morton, Director General for Health Policy Programs and Assurance, Joint Health Command, Australian Defence Force.
  • Professor Sheena Reilly, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Health), Griffith University.
  • Professor David Ellwood, Dean of Medicine & Head of School, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Medicine, Griffith University.
  • Professor Ella Arensman, Scientific Director with the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and Research Professor with the School of Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland. 
  • Associate Professor Annette Erlangsen, Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, National representative for Denmark and co-chair of the Special Interest Group on Suicide in Older Adults for the International Association of Suicide Prevention.
  • Dr Marianne Wyder, Senior Research Fellow, Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services.
  • Dr Raelene Ward, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southern Queensland.
  • Ms Bronwen Edwards, CEO, Roses in the Ocean.
  • Mr Sam Webb, co-founder of LIVIN.
  • Dr Stuart Leske, Senior Research Assistant, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention.
  • Mrs Jacinta Hawgood, Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention

Register Now

Registration on the day will begin at 8:00am, with the event commencing at 9:00am sharp.

Venue:  The Greek Club, Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane.

Payment Details: $80 (excl GST) for full day attendance (8:00am – 4:15pm, includes morning/afternoon tea and lunch).

Why not book a table for your workplace colleagues?

Registrations and payments can be made via Griffith Pay on or before Monday 3 Sept 2018. To use Griffith Pay, please register as a user.  Please email should you require assistance.

Please note: this event will be photographed for teaching, learning, marketing and promotional purposes. Please see Registration Desk on the day, for any queries.

Bursaries are available

We are pleased to advise that a limited number of bursaries are available, for entry to the event (travel excluded). Contact for further information.  Applications close Friday 31 Aug 2018.

National 24/7 Crisis Services:

·          Lifeline: 13 11 14

·          Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

·          MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 79

·          Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636





Unlocking Suicidal Secrets: New Thoughts on Old Problems in Suicide Prevention

With Shawn Shea, MD. Workshop hosted by AISRAP & Grow NZ


About the Workshop

Suicide remains one of the most pressing of all mental health problems. Join one of the great innovators in the field of suicide prevention and author of the classic text, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment as he describes some of the newest approaches to preventing suicide.

From understanding matrix treatment planning as a means of preventing suicide, to learning the ins and outs of using the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach) from its creator, participants will enjoy the compelling videos and challenging ideas of one of the most popular speakers in mental health today.

Dr. Shea will be presenting one of his full day training’s which appears on the Zero Suicide website’s training options list. This full-day workshop consisting of 4 segments, will provide front-line clinicians with the state of the art skills necessary to tackle some of the most difficult clinical situations facing experienced clinicians regarding suicide assessment and prevention, treatment planning, and building resiliency.

The segments:

  • The Art of Matrix Treatment Planning and the Quest for Happiness: Suicide Prevention in a New Light
  • New Ideas on Effectively Using Risk and Protective Factors in the Clinical Formulation of Risk
  • Innovative Interviewing Techniques for Uncovering Suicidal Ideation and the Taboo Topics that Create It
  • The Delicate Art of Eliciting Suicidal Ideation: The Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events

All interviewing techniques will be clearly demonstrated through the use of videotape examples from actual client interviews.

For more information, please click here.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will:

  • Be able to apply the principles of matrix treatment planning to enhance resiliency in both the client and the clinician including principles such as healing matrix effects, damaging matrix effects, and the red herring principle.
  • Use the current state of the art regarding; risk, protective factors, and warning signs to better formulate suicide risk.
  • Recognise and be able to utilise seven interviewing techniques for uncovering sensitive and taboo material; normalisation, shame attenuation, the behavioural incident, gentle assumption, denial of the specific, the catch-all question, and symptom amplification.
  • Flexibly apply the CASE Approach to uncover hidden suicidal ideation, actions, and intent as well as uncovering a dangerous patient’s hidden method of choice for suicide.

Event Details

Brisbane – Monday, 20 August 2018

Griffith University, Building L08 Room 1.52, Logan Campus, 68 University Dr, Meadowbrook QLD 4131, Australia

Workshops run 9.00am 4.00pm (registrations from 8.30am)


  • Standard: $395.00pp
  • Second and subsequent delegates from the same organisation discount – $350.00pp
  • Full-time Students $295.00pp (student identification will be requested)

Australian registrations will be Invoiced.

This workshop also has events in New Zealand. For more information, click here.

There are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process, and you will be prompted to select your option as you go through the payment system.

Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on +.64 6 878 3456 or email:

About Dr. Shea

Shawn Shea is an internationally acclaimed innovator in the fields of suicide prevention, clinical interviewing, and enhancing the therapeutic alliance having given over 850 presentations worldwide.

Dr. Shea is the author of seven books and numerous journal articles with his book, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment, being viewed as one of the classic texts in the field of suicidology.

His most recent book, Psychiatric Interviewing: The Art of Understanding, 3rd Edition was selected by the British Medical Association as the 2017 Book of the Year in Psychiatry.

With nearly 40 years of clinical experience, including being the former Director of the Diagnostic and Evaluation Centre (the psychiatric emergency room for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA), he frequently presents at international Suicidology events, and he is also in private practice.

For more information about Dr Shea, please click here.

Invaluable information, presented by a speaker who was tremendously engaging, personal, and dynamic.” –  Dr Nick Miraidi, Ph.D. Psychologist

One of the most effectively taught continuing education programs I’ve attended in twelve years. Practical interviewing and supervision techniques taught with a refreshing sense of humour and humanity.” – Susan Rice, L.I.C.S.W.

The best single training session I’ve attended in thirty years of being a teacher and psychologist.” – James Lewis, Ed.D.

Very helpful, practical. I feel this will be applicable immediately and will be profoundly useful.” – Dr Paul Maguire, Psychiatric Resident

A refreshing approach to presenting clinically relevant material. I especially appreciated the sense of compassion displayed and the holistic perspective modelled.” – Patricia Quinlan, School Social Worker

***Please Note: Due to patient confidentiality and proprietary property rights, please refrain from the recording of this presentation on any device whether it be a cell phone, tablet, laptop, or camera. Thank-you for your cooperation.

Link to Registration


Reaching Men at Risk for Suicide: More than Mental Health

Elly Stout, MS, SPRC Director, Education Development Center

July 13, 2018, News Type:  Director’s Corner

Amid all the news coverage about suicide in the past few weeks, you may have noticed a surprising new statistic from the CDC: more than half of people who died by suicide in 2015 did not have a known mental health condition. These new data reveal many shared characteristics between those who died by suicide without a mental health diagnosis and men ages 35 to 64 at risk for suicide. These characteristics include risk factors such as alcohol, relationship or intimate partner problems, domestic violence, legal problems, job or financial problems, and past military service. With that in mind, how can we broaden our prevention efforts beyond mental health services to better reach men at risk? Here are some ideas, drawn from both SPRC’s Preventing Suicide among Men in the Middle Years recommendations and the new CDC data.

Make connections with nontraditional prevention partners. Both the CDC data and SPRC report show that men who are struggling may not be seeking behavioral health care services. Based on the key risk factors for this group, suicide prevention programs need to engage agencies and organizations that men may connect with when they first encounter adversity or challenges. These include substance abuse prevention and treatment programs, domestic violence intervention programs, organizations that serve military and veterans, family and criminal court systems, and workplaces. These agencies and organizations may be able to help mitigate some of the stressors associated with suicide deaths, and can also be important places to identify men who may be struggling and connect them with help.

Improve suicide detection and supports across other health care systems. Even if the majority of those at risk for suicide are not seeking behavioral health treatment, they may still be engaging with other kinds of health care systems. The Action Alliance report Recommended Standard Care for People with Suicide Risk outlines basic and attainable steps to better identify and support those at risk for suicide across health care settings, including emergency departments and primary care. These steps, including simple safety planning and post-discharge follow-up, can have a big impact for someone at risk. We also know that crisis services have an important role to play in a coordinated and effective response to someone who is at imminent risk.

Advance safer suicide care in behavioral health. Since almost half of those who died by suicide did have a known mental health disorder, improving suicide care in behavioral health care settings is still a critical tool in our prevention toolbox. Men are less likely to receive behavioral health care services than women—but not for the reasons you might think. We tend to assume that men are generally less likely to seek help for any problem, and it’s true that there are strong cultural expectations that men be self-reliant and conceal their emotions. However, there are also other issues at play. Clinicians may not detect depression or other mood disorders in men, and even evidence-based treatment may be less effective, since the large majority of clinical trial participants for mental health and suicide interventions are women. Fortunately, we have a robust model for improving suicide care in behavioral health care systems: Zero Suicide is continuing to spread and helping to ensure those at risk don’t fall through the cracks.

Offer culturally appropriate assistance for those who are struggling. Since so many of those who die by suicide do not have a mental health diagnosis, and prevailing male cultural expectations discourage help-seeking, we need to consider alternative ways to reach men at risk for suicide that are more attuned to their preferences. The SPRC report, Preventing Suicide among Men in the Middle Years recommends building coping skills and connectedness by creating peer-to-peer, community-based groups that can enhance self-worth, meaning in life, and a sense of purpose for men. The report offers examples of this kind of program, such as Men’s Sheds, which originated in Australia and have been replicated in the U.S. and other countries; DUDES Club in Canada; and the Men’s SHARE Project in Scotland. There has also been recent progress in working with the gun-owning community to find culturally appropriate ways to talk about keeping each other safe during times of crisis—another way men can rely on peers to help them through troubled moments.

It is also important to acknowledge the toll that suicide takes on other groups, including women, men of other ages, LGBTQ individuals, American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and others. Those with a diagnosed mental illness are also at increased risk for suicide. However, as we aim to reverse the trend of increasing suicide rates in our country, we need both behavioral health care and community-based interventions to support all who may be struggling, including those who fall outside of the traditional safety net we have been working to build.


Populations:  Adults, Adults Ages 26 to 55 Years, Men
About Suicide:  Data and Statistics, Behavioral Health Disorders, Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior, Risk and Protective Factors
Planning and Implementing:  Cultural Competence, Partnerships and Coalitions
Strategies:  Identify and Assist, Increase Help-Seeking, Effective Care/Treatment, Connectedness.

Suggested citation

Suicide Prevention Resource Center. (2016). Preventing suicide among men in the middle years: Recommendations for suicide prevention programs. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.


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

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


Understanding teen loneliness and isolation

Lorry Leigh Belhumeur, Ph.D is the CEO of Western Youth Services, a non-profit organization based in Orange County, CA whose mission is to advance awareness, cultivate success and strengthen communities through integrated mental health services for children and their families.

Teen-Loneliness-IsolationOne of the joys and horrors for adolescents is navigating the many transitions they experience in a very short period of time. There are transitions and changes to educational environments we can all remember, such as moving from middle school to high school and then on to college or a trade school. Then there is the first job or volunteer experience that brings adjustment and newness.

Developmentally, their bodies and minds change dramatically during this period, as well. Often what is going on inside and around them may be confusing to teens and those of us who care for them. Some youth will be excited for the changes and others will recoil from even the smallest changes. This is part of the beauty of diversity. We are not all the same and no one teenager is the same.

One of the best ways to support the adolescents in your life is to keep this in mind as you interact with them. We find it helpful to understand the many differences in the children and youth who come to Western Youth Services. Often we help families understand their own differences and find healthy ways to cope with the changes they experience internally and externally. We sometimes utilize terms like ‘introvert’ and ‘extrovert’ to help us talk about the different ways we get energy or get filled up and conversely what depletes our energy or drains us.

Introversion and Extroversion

At Western Youth Services, the extroverts among our staff have shared that they feel more energized after leaving a party or social event, while introverts report feeling exhausted after similar events. Carl Jung was the first to coin the terms. He explained them as an extrovert is energized by the external world (others) while the introvert is energized by the internal world (the mind) (Jung, C.G. and Godwyn Baynes, H. (1921). Pschylogische Typen. Zurich: Rascher.). He alleged that no one person is a pure introvert or extrovert, but that we all lie somewhere between the two spectrums. According to a study by Holmes et al, the introverted brain may be more developed for critical thinking and decision making. This research also found that those who prefer high amounts of social interaction have an increased brain-reward system that responds to exciting activities. This might explain why extroverted teens tend to enjoy spontaneity and say yes to all or most social invitations, while introverted teens may become overstimulated by the unpredictable nature of groups and opt to stay home.

Neither personality type is stronger or better than the other; they are different from each other. An introvert who understands that he or she needs to find solitude to decompress is self-aware, and friends and family can help them honor it by allowing for periods of time for them to be alone. Similarly, an extrovert who understands his or her needs may want to find a study group to help them prepare for an exam, rather than being left alone to study. Responding to teens based on their natural tendencies, instead of asking them to change who they are, will go a long way.


These images are a practical way to remind us how we can care for a teen who has a different temperament than ours.


As children enter adolescence, peer social connections usually become for them a priority over family and academics. This extreme dedication to social interactions is often a frustration for caretakers of teens, who see a decline in interest in spending time with family or focusing on school work. However, according to Erik Erikson, the founder of the theory of psychosocial development, this increased emotional dependence on peers is necessary for the identity development of teens. As adolescents experiment with identity formation, their behaviors and mode of dressing may change as they search for a sense of belonging and acceptance within different social groups. This might look like going to the movies with a large number of friends (extrovert) or playing video games with one best friend (introvert).

Teen Mental Health Concerns: Loneliness and Social Isolation

It is important to keep in mind that healthy social interactions and signs of loneliness or social isolation might look different for introverts versus extroverts. Director and Professor at the University of Chicago’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, Dr. John Cacioppo studies the effects and causes of loneliness. He found that while introversion and short-term isolation is adequate for some teens, perceived isolation (not being able to connect with others) is a health concern. Children and adolescents who feel lonely or choose to withdraw from others out of fear, do so by choice, but they still need human connection. He explains that “since the brain creates, monitors, nurtures, and retains social connections, it doesn’t matter how many friends a child has, it matters how he or she feels about the relationships they have.”

In the Harvard Study of Adult Development, an interesting longitudinal study, we learned that social connections impact us more than most realize and that loneliness is not good for our health and well-being. In his Ted Talk, Dr. Robert Waldinger shares about the study and provides some of the fascinating results learned over the course of 75 years.

Dr. Waldinger goes as far as to say: “Social connections are really good for us and that loneliness kills.” His message is one of hope because there are things we can all do to cultivate our relationships with family, friends, and the teenagers in our lives. Dr. Waldinger reminds us that “It’s the quality of your close relationships that matter.”

How to Help a Struggling Teen

But, how do we know if a teen is introverted or whether we should worry about him or her isolating from others?

We need to first take a look at what is typical social behavior for that individual, and pay attention to any shift in behavior. Is a teen who previously spent a lot of time with only one close friend now not making time for that one friend? Is a youth who regularly plays on-line video games with multiple friends (you know because you can usually hear the shouts and fun coming through your living room speakers) now quietly playing video games alone in their room?

We should especially pay attention to the context of isolating behavior. What factors happened before the change in behavior that might have caused the isolation? For example, withdrawing from others after a death or a major loss is a common reaction, because we need time to process it and may need time alone to grieve.

Children and young adults who struggle to feel accepted by their peers are more prone to chronically withdraw from others. A withdrawn individual feels disconnected, even when surrounded by others. This could be due to rejection by peers, bullying or due to mental health concerns, such as depression and anxiety. In some cases it may be related to suicidal ideation. Social withdrawal within the context of other symptoms of depression or anxiety correlates with the inability to connect with others. Sometimes, the discomfort and stress of being around other people becomes so unbearable that one prefers to be by themselves more often than not.

How do you approach a teen that you are worried about? The following are a few simple recommendations:

  • Start by approaching him or her with genuine care and curiosity; ask simple open-ended questions
  • Listen with an open mind and heart; welcome them and let them know they belong
  • Try not to react emotionally if the teen divulges information that alarms you
  • Criticism almost always shuts down communication so be careful to avoid it; connection before correction is a good rule of thumb
  • When responding, share small amounts from your own experiences; but keep the conversation about them
  • NAMI recommends focusing on the “functional problems they are having, like with friends for example”
  • Seek professional help when needed or when in doubt

Sometimes, the sheer act of being heard and having a safe and dependable person to talk with can help youth struggling with loneliness and/or isolation. Resilience requires the reliable presence of at least one supportive relationship with a caring adult. Through these relationships, children have the opportunity to develop crucial coping skills.

We encourage you to be that one reliable person who notices when the children and teens in your life are going through changes and check in with them about how it is going. You might be surprised by how eager they are to share with you. And you might also help prevent a mental health crisis.

Lorry Leigh Belhumeur PhD, CEO of Western Youth Services on Blog - Western Youth Services (WYS) Orange County - the hub of mental health care and wellness solutions for kids in Orange County, CA

Link to article

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

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

Help mend a broken heart, Mpigi, Uganda – Suicide Prevention in Uganda

Link to the Project

Uganda suicide prevention

More than 4000 Ugandans die of suicide each year. Uganda ranks the 4th country in Africa and 17th worldwide with highest suicide rates. The high unemployment rate of about 83% and thus a general lack of perspective is often considered as a possible trigger. However, other essential risk factors are a lack of aid programs, a lack of social support as well as a general lack of sympathy for mental illnesses. Also, suicidal thoughts and behaviors are heavily stigmatized in Ugandan society. Additionally, people attempting suicide will face an imprisonment for up to two years.
We aim for a suicide free generation with emotionally strong and informed citizens who can freely seek for help. It was in 2016 when we therefore founded Lifesavers’ Strides which follows a preventive approach. Thus, our program mainly operates in secondary schools. We carry out sensitization campaigns on suicide and mental health and train students with basic life coaching skills to enable them to support each other emotionally through active listening. In addition to the peer-coaching, we conduct group sessions to promote both self-esteem as well as social skills.

Being an orphan, Monica Oweneema, the founder of Lifesavers’ Strides, did not get the privilege of parental love or a strong emotional background. During her teenage years she became a victim of bullying. For a long time, she felt rejected and got depressed. Finally, she attempted suicide twice since she neither saw the possibility to freely express her emotions nor to receive any social support. As she happened to read Jack Canfield’s book “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul” a turning point in her life was marked. The book features stories of young people expressing their pains and fears. On the strength of this, Monica started to keep a diary where she would let go of her anger and sadness. Furthermore, she gradually started to confide in a friend.

After all, the Social Innovation Academy (SINA) offered her the possibility to turn her fateful life story into a social startup in order to support other affected persons. SINA offers a unique learning environment to marginalized youth, equipping them with the prerequisites to become successful social entrepreneurs and founders. Scholars are enabled and intrinsically motivated to turn the challenges of their difficult past into entrepreneurial opportunities.

Since Lifesavers’ Strides’ inception we have worked with several schools in Mpigi, Uganda, training up to 50 peer coaches and impacting up to 500 lives.

We will invest financial benefits in carrying out suicide and mental health awareness campaigns, peer-coaching training as well as group training in secondary schools nationwide.
Together we can make the world a better and healthier place!

Monica (UG) & Dawid (PL) Just do it!

Monica & Dawid at work


Sourced from Dr Sally Spencer-Thomas newsletter

Sally Spencer Thomas website

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

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