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Our friends at The Official Top Ten Night have today launched a very special compilation album of the top ten finalists from their ‘Listen Up’ singer, songwriter festival and are kindly donating 100 per cent of proceeds from sales to Suicide Prevention Australia. Check out these talented musicians performing original songs themed ‘Being heard’. You can preview songs on iTunes and Google Play....
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For our friends in and around St George, please see below for info on a free community workshop with SPA Ambassador Joe Williams from The Enemy Within - Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Wellbeing Education coming up on 18 December. Big SPA shout out to Balonne Community Suicide Prevention Network for making this possible. #livedexp #suicideprevention #communitiesmatter
LISTEN: "I know now that this is an illness and not something I can change because I don’t want it anymore. I realised that the sooner you ask for help and support the sooner you can develop the skills to manage this illness. This is the exact reason I am sharing my storing so that I can help eradicate the stigma that often holds many of us back." [ Audioboom.com Link ] Thank you to SPA Lived...
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Finding my inner ninja: Facing instead of fighting anxiety and depression

This Thursday our friends at headspace invite you to join an anonymous online group chat session (from 12pm-1pm AEDT) focused on how you as an adult can support a young person who might be experiencing bullying or abuse. Find out more and join here
Thank you in advance to the eheadspace clinicians for making this invaluable opportunity available for us to chat freely about this tough subject...
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Shout out to our friends from FivesForLives who are hosting a charity soccer tournament tomorrow in support of suicide prevention [ Fivesforlives.com Link ] Over 30 teams are registered to play with many more going along to cheer them on, a great effort! Thank you so much to everyone involved in pulling this event together for the second year running. Our CEO Sue looks forward to catching up...
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LISTEN: "Why the socks?" A personal story shared on our podcast channel. Click on this link to listen [ Audioboom.com Link ]
It is so important to talk openly and safely about suicide but, if listening to this triggers difficult emotions in you, please talk about how you’re feeling with a trusted family member, friend or people at one of our partner organisations [ Suicidepreventionaust.org...
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We are so grateful for this supportive online community and very much appreciate many of you sharing your personal experiences to support others. Talking openly about suicide is so important but sometimes the language we use can unintentionally bring up tough stuff for others. People in our Lived Experience Network have told us this really short media guide is worth having a look at it in...
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We are often asked what everyday Australians can do to contribute to suicide prevention. One thing members of our Lived Experience Network tell us is not to underestimate how much learning you can do for minimal or no cost. For example, has some great info on common myths and facts as well as a comprehensive range of support contacts. The website is another free online toolkit to help people...
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Communities Matter | Suicide prevention for small towns and local communities

"Veterans have long been a valued part of Australia’s community. They are respected and honoured for the contributions they make to our country and are deserving of the best quality of care and support that the Australian community can offer." At midday today, SPA Board Director Mr Anastasios (Stan) Piperoglou will speak at a public hearing at Parliament House Canberra as part of the Inquiry...
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Public Hearings – Parliament of Australia

LISTEN to an interview with SPA Ambassador Joe Williams from The Enemy Within - Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Wellbeing Education on the 2UE Talking Lifestyle program last night as he talks about his career changes ranging from NRL to boxing to mental wellness advocate -[ Talkinglifestyle.com.au Link ] - running time 18:13. Thank you so much for sharing Joe, very much appreciated....
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Joe Williams: A champion for wellness – 2UE Talking Lifestyle

COMMUNITY EVENT: This Saturday 19 November 2016 is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and our friends at The Official Top Ten Night are hosting ‘Hope on the Harbour’, a memorial event to remember those we have lost to suicide. This event is made possible by the support of Doyles On The Beach, VIP Water Taxis and our Member organisation Roses in the Ocean. SPA’s Lived Experience...
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LISTEN: Thank you to our friends and Member, Black Dog Institute, for this recording of an Expert Insights forum on the subject of Insomnia [ Soundcloud.com Link ] A very interesting session and a subject that often comes up in our discussions with our members #sleeping #insomnia #mentalhealth

Insomnia - Expert Insights forum for health professionals

The Communities Matter website not only has tools and tips for small towns and local communities to start or strengthen an action group but also lots of useful information and contacts to help you or someone you know in tough times. Have a look at the resources at [ Suicidepreventionaust.org Link ] #communitiesmatter #suicideprevention
"To put the part of you that wants to live in charge, it’s helpful to plan how you’ll get through these tough moments." With the help of suicide attempt survivors and health professionals, our member beyondblue has put together a safety planning app to help you stay safe if you're experiencing suicidal thoughts, distress or crisis. Find out more at [ Beyondblue.org.au Link ] #beyondnow...
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A big thank you to all The Sunday Age City2Sea presented by Westpac participants who are chasing personal best and taking up the fundraising challenge on November 20th in Melbourne. Enjoy the music, energy and fun from live DJs, bands, cheerleaders and dancers on one of Melbourne’s most spectacular courses. Leave your headphones at home and run to the beat! To set up a SPA Champions for Life...
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VIDEO: "Meet Clare, a woman who lived 65 years before finding her reason to live." Clare tells us that this video is "a suggestion about staying alive long enough to find your special change that will allow you to be so deeply happy that you will want to live forever." [ Youtube.com Link ] #livedexp #storytelling #ManyVoicesOneGoal

Meet Clare, a woman who lived 65 years before finding her reason to live

Clare tells us that this video is "a suggestion about staying alive long enough to find your special change that will allow you to be so deeply happy that yo...

We wanted to share one of our member websites with you that some of our Lived Experience Network members who have been bereaved by suicide told us they found useful and comforting. Have a look at [ Supportaftersuicide.org.au Link ] "Being in contact with others who have lost someone to suicide can make a difference. Read about others and how they are managing, share your experiences or support...
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Support After Suicide

Our condolences go to the family of the late Barbara Hocking OAM 1947-2016. On behalf of Suicide Prevention Australia we thank Barbara for her great contribution to suicide prevention and reducing stigma for people affected by mental illness.
COMMUNITY EVENT: Our friends and Member organisation, WINGS of Hope Association will host their annual Remembrance Gathering on International Survivors of Suicide Day, Saturday 19th November 2016 at Balmoral Beach, Sydney starting at 11am. This event is being co-hosted by the Centre for Intense Grief and community members are welcome to attend. More information available here - ...
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Wings of Hope

VIDEO: A Conversation about Creating Community Action [ Youtu.be Link ] In this video Lauren and Kim from our Lived Experience Network and the SPA team answer questions they've been asked by people who have been impacted by suicide who want to get involved in mental health and suicide prevention.
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A Conversation about Creating Community Action

This video was created as part of our Lived Experience Network Learning and Development series, LEN Learn. It features LEN leader Lauren Breen and SPA staff ...