Nominate a superstar for a LiFE Award today!

Do you know someone who is doing incredible work for suicide prevention? Nominate them for a LiFE Award today!

Held annually, the LiFE Awards are the premier event in the suicide prevention sector to acknowledge and pay tribute to those on the frontline, putting their hearts and souls into their work. 

There are a variety of categories for both individuals and organisations.

Nominations close 13 March 2020 and the recipients will be awarded at the National Suicide Prevention Conference on 22 July 2020 in Canberra.  

Leadership Award
The Leadership Award recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond daily operations within the year of judging. For more information and criteria click here

LiFEtime Achievement Award
This award is the highest of accolades for outstanding, sustained contribution to the sector. It is not presented annually, but rather at the discretion of the Suicide Prevention Australia Board, to recognise merit and ongoing achievement. For more information and criteria click here.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award recognises an organisation or individual who has provided a unique and creative program, partnership or service that encompasses a holistic and social view of health and suicide prevention. For more information and criteria click here

Communities Matter Award
The Communities Matter Award has two categories: individual and organisation. The focus is grassroots work for the community, by the community. For more information and criteria click here

Emerging Researcher Award
The Emerging Researcher Award recognises contributions by an Australian researcher (individual or group) who are early in their career. Research must demonstrate best practice values and outcomes that drive improvements in suicide prevention. For more information and criteria click here.

Media Award
The Media Award recognises an individual or organisation that has achieved sustained coverage, adhered to safe reporting guidelines and creatively utilised different channels to communicate. This award includes print, digital, social media or artwork. For more information and criteria click here.

Workplace Award
The Workplace Award recognises a program, business or employer that promotes suicide prevention in the workplace or contributes towards suicide prevention within the community more broadly. For more information and criteria click here.

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

SANE Australia

Study launched to better understand the experience of Australians living with complex mental health issues

A new national survey that seeks to understand the life experiences of people living with severe and complex mental health issues is now live and seeking participants.

Our Turn to Speak is the largest survey of its kind ever conducted in Australia. It is being led by SANE Australia’s Anne Deveson Research Centre in partnership with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and with the support of the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

Survey participants will be asked to share their experiences across a range of 14 different areas including housing, employment, education, healthcare, insurance and finance. The survey findings will help to inform SANE Australia’s advocacy priorities and contribute to policy change, as well as influencing resources and programs at a local, regional and national level.

Anne Deveson Research Centre Director Dr Michelle Blanchard and University of Melbourne Honorary Senior Fellow explains that more than 690,000 Australians live with severe and complex mental health issues. This research will examine the individual experiences, whether positive or negative, of people living with these issues.

“Data collected will be used to inform our future efforts as we work toward improved social outcomes and support for all Australians affected by complex mental health issues,” Dr Blanchard said.

University of Melbourne research lead Dr Christopher Groot, who also holds an appointment as Director of the Mental Illness Stigma Lab in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, said the survey will provide a unique opportunity for Australians living with severe and complex mental health issues to be heard.

“We’re calling for 7000 people to take part in this comprehensive survey – online, over the phone, or in-person – so we can gain a deep understanding of how people living with severe and complex mental health issues are treated in Australia,” Dr Groot said.

Paul Ramsay Foundation Chief Executive Officer Professor Glyn Davis AC explains it’s vital this information is collected.

“This is much-needed data and has the potential to improve significantly the lives of these individuals and their families,” Professor Davis said.

To be eligible to take part in the survey, you must be an Australian resident, aged 18 and over, who has been living with at least one of the following severe and complex mental health issues over the last 12 months: schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar and related disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, severe and ‘treatment-resistant’ depression and anxiety requiring multi-agency support. 

Visit www.ourturntospeak.com.au to take part in the online survey.

To request an interview with Dr Michelle Blanchard or Dr Christopher Grootplease contact:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday contact:
Ellen Sproule – 0407 367 215
Thursday, Friday contact:
Bianca Lapins – 0439 708 381
media@sane.org
www.sane.org

Anyone looking for information, support and guidance from mental health professionals can contact the SANE Help Centre on 1800 187 263 or helpline@sane.org from 10am-10pm AEST. 

For anyone in crisis, call:

·       Lifeline 13 11 14
·       Suicide Call Back Line 1800 659 467
·       MensLine 1300 789 978
·       Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

ABOUT SANE AUSTRALIA
SANE Australia is a national mental health charity working to support Australians affected by complex mental health issues including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression and anxiety.

ABOUT THE ANNE DEVESON RESEARCH CENTRE
The Anne Deveson Research Centre (ADRC), an initiative of SANE Australia, promotes the wellbeing of Australians affected by complex mental health issues. The ADRC undertakes practical research that drives policy change to produce better social outcomes. The ADRC prioritises research conducted in partnership with people who have lived experience of complex mental health issues. The ADRC focuses on multidisciplinary research exploring the social impacts of these conditions and addressing stigma and discrimination.

ABOUT THE PAUL RAMSAY FOUNDATION
The Paul Ramsay Foundation seeks to identify and partner with individuals, communities and organisations working to create an Australia where people can overcome disadvantage and realise their potential. The late Paul Ramsay AO established the Foundation in 2006 and, after his death in 2014, left the majority of his estate to continue his philanthropy for generations to come. His commitment to good works has allowed the Paul Ramsay Foundation to support the for-purpose sector with grants of more than $200 million made since 2016 to more than 70 different partners, committed as we are to achieving lasting change. For more information about the work of the Foundation, go to https://paulramsayfoundation.org.au/

ABOUT THE MELBOURNE SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES
The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences (MSPS) at the University of Melbourne are committed to transforming the world we live in through ground-breaking research, inspiring entrepreneurship, and by providing an outstanding education that reflects the needs of our domestic and global community.

SANE Australia
PO Box 226
South Melbourne
Victoria 3205
Australia

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 YEPPOON QLD – September 11th

Sandra Moran, CEO & Founder, Jaie’s Journey Inc.

Suicide Prevention, Awareness & Postvention Support.
Jaie’s Journey believes in using Education, Empathy & Empowerment, to assist in breaking down the stigma of suicide, depression and mental illness within Communities.
Sandra is holding a public meeting at Yeppoon with the aim of establishing a suicide prevention group.

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Clinician experiences of suicide risk assessment in the real world setting

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Australian Institute for Suicide Research And Prevention Research (AISRAP) – Project Participants Required

Do you work with people who are suicidal or potentially at risk of suicide? We are interested in how you undertake suicide risk assessment and your attitudes and views around this work

The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) Griffith University, would value the opportunity to hear about how you currently assess for suicidality in your clients or patients that you work with.

It is very important to us that we hear the ‘voice’ of clinicians and workers in suicide prevention around important suicide risk assessment behaviours, in order to understand:

  1. how suicide risk assessment as actually undertaken in the sector of suicide prevention and,
  2. what the barriers and facilitators are of suicide risk assessment processes in ‘real world’ settings.

Sarah Spafford is a Master of Suicidology post graduate student undertaking this research as part of her post graduate study, under the primary supervision of Ms Jacinta Hawgood (Snr Lecturer, AISRAP) and would like to invite your voluntary participation in this important online survey.

The aim of our survey is to enquire about your experience of assessing a person’s suicidality in your day-to-day practice or service setting.

Type of volunteers needed:

If you currently work with people who are suicidal and have undertaken suicide risk assessment practice (of any type), and are 18 years or over, we would like to hear from you.

What would I be asked to do? How much time would it take?

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. It involves questions about your experience in suicide risk assessment training, your behaviours in undertaking a suicide risk assessment, your attitudes to suicide prevention and your motivation to intervene and respond to someone who is suicidal.

To learn more about the survey and to provide your consent to enter the survey, please click the link below.

Clinician experiences of suicide risk assessment in the real world setting.

We thank you in advance for your time and participation in this important project!

Warm regards,

Primary Investigator:  Ms Jacinta Hawgood (jacinta.hawgood@griffith.edu.au)
Student investigator: Sarah Spafford (sarah.spafford@griffithuni.edu.au)
Secondary Supervisor: Dr. Julianne Edwards (jmedwards@apu.edu

 

The Australian Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia

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Suicide Prevention Australia will be making a submission and requests feedback by Friday 4th May, 2018, see SPA Survey link below.

SPA values the experience that its members have in the provision of accessible, appropriate and quality services to people living in rural and remote areas of our nation. SPA’s submission to the inquiry will greatly benefit by any contribution that you would wish to make. Accordingly, The SPA Team would like to offer you the opportunity to contribute to a suicide prevention specific submission to this inquiry.
We are working within a tight deadline given the advertised closing date of 11 May 2018 for submissions so we would appreciate you responding to this survey by Friday 4 May 2018 to assist in development of that submission. We also welcome responses by direct email to Membership@suicidepreventionaust.org and are also happy to set up phone interviews where possible with members of the team.
Several of you might wish to make submissions directly to focus on detail in your particular area of expertise/demographic requirements. We would welcome this.
The inquiry and report will focus on the below criteria.
The accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia, with specific reference to:
  • the nature and underlying causes of rural and remote Australians accessing mental health services at a much lower rate;
  • the higher rate of suicide in rural and remote Australia;
  • the nature of the mental health workforce;
  • the challenges of delivering mental health services in the regions;
  • attitudes towards mental health services;
  • opportunities that technology presents for improved service delivery; and
  • any other related matters.

Many thanks as always for your contribution to amplifying the diverse voices of suicide prevention.

Warm regards
Tracy
Lived Experience Program Manager
02 9262 1130

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