Social connections can greatly improve our mental health and wellbeing. It’s time to reconnect with those around us. Join us in celebrating #NeighbourDay this weekend with our Members Relationships Australia and Lifeline. Find out more at [ Neighbourday.org Link ]
"This compassion must now be coupled with coordination and evaluation". Yesterday our CEO Sue Murray was in Parliament House at the Mental Health Australia Advocacy Day. Our Members talked with politicians from across parties about suicide prevention and mental health priorities. Here is a short update from Sue (pictured here with the Minister for Veteran Affairs and SPA Members) on her...
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CEO Update: Compassion must be coupled with coordination and evaluation | Suicide Prevention Australia

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If this morning's news is overwhelming you please reach out for support and talk about how you're feeling. A reminder of Australian 24/7 crisis services available here. For a more comprehensive list of support services please visit [ Suicidepreventionaust.org Link ] Take care everyone, the SPA team.
Great to catch up with SPA Community Ambassador Ben Higgs of Rise Foundation Australia in our offices today (pictured here with our CEO Sue Murray). Ben is co-founder of the #PPP4SPA 24 hour treadmill challenge, a community event that over the years has helped to fund a number of awareness and education initiatives including the Communities Matter website for small towns and local communities...
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“We find friendships in what we have in common but also in what makes us different”. This #HarmonyDay we were reminded of a video we watched way back in 2012 made by classes 2G and 4B at a school in Sydney's south west. Watch it here [ Youtu.be Link ]
Today we celebrate the beautiful diversity of our backgrounds and take a moment to recognise each and every individual experience that makes up...
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Harmony Day 2012

2G & 4B celebrate Harmony Day at a school in Sydney's south west. "Don't Falter" by Mint Royale - download from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/pop-...

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For our friends in and around Kalgoorlie, check out this free workshop being offered by our Member Lifeline WA in early April.

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Just two weeks to get your nominations in for the 2017 Life Awards for Excellence in Suicide Prevention. The magnitude of problem we face with suicide in this country can be overwhelming which makes it all the more important to regularly take time to recognise and share the good work being done by individuals, business and communities so we can continuously learn what is working well.
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A moment with LiFE Awards winner Leilani Darwin

Leilani Darwin was the proud recipient of the 2016 National LiFE Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention, presented ...

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PODCAST (3m 30s): "Let's forget what the research tells you for a moment. Let me tell you how it feels when you write or say something about method or location of a suicide."
[ Audioboom.com Link ] SPA Deputy CEO Kim talks to us from the perspective of her lived experience of suicide and why the National Mindframe Media Initiative guidelines on suicide reporting mean so much to her,...
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She's so much more than how she took her own life

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We echo the words of our friends at the NSW Mental Health Commission and encourage everyone to download and share the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) Report 'Solutions that work: What the evidence and our people tell us' [ Uwa.edu.au Link ]
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Take a stand against bullying. ABC is tackling bullying throughout the month of March on TV, iview and online. For more information, visit the online portal [ Abc.net.au Link ] developed in consultation with ReachOut.com Australia and Kids Helpline Official, offering useful tips for students, parents, school staff and adults, articles about bullying and support information for anyone seeking...
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Today we’d like to share a song with you by the talented Goldheist, one of the finalists of The Official Top Ten Night – Listen Up song competition in 2016 raising awareness for suicide prevention [ Youtu.be Link ]
There are many forms of lived experience storytelling that can help us break down stigma and open up conversations around suicide prevention. Sharing your story through the medium...
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GOLDHEIST - You Were There

"You Were There" written and performed by GOLDHEIST (aka Hester Fraser). Available for download via www.goldheistmusic.com/you-were-there. Written to help ra...

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For our friends in and around Grafton: Lifeline North Coast - NSW will be holding on a FREE Suicide Prevention ASIST course in Grafton in early May. If you are interesting in attending this 2 day course please contact 02 6651 4093 or email reception.northcoast@lifeline.org.au #ManyVoicesOneGoal #suicideprevention
Following the International Summit we co-hosted on 'Zero Suicide in Healthcare' early this month, we have shared a few podcasts of presentations and interviews recorded over the two days. In this podcast David Covington interviews Kevin Hines on why it matters to him. Listen now at [ Audioboom.com Link ]
In this podcast Kevin talks about his suicide attempt and how he manages his mental...
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"Why zero matters to me" David Covington interviews Kevin Hines

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Community Champions for Life, The Official Top Ten Night are hosting a fundraiser at Sydney Uni's Manning Bar on Friday 31 March 2017. Come along to enjoy the show and support Suicide Prevention Australia.

Suicide Prevention Australia is the National peak body for suicide prevention in Australia. We coordinate the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention to build and facilitate partnerships...
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Today, on International Women’s Day and every day we want to take a moment to thank and celebrate all the women in our lives and those around them in the world leading change, supporting and encouraging us all towards equality. We’re extremely grateful for the strong and inspiring women who have shared their stories with us over the years.
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SAVE THE DATE: 26-27 May 2017

Plebs, Pros and Personalities 4 Suicide Prevention Australia 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge is back again!

Our community Champions for Life have come together and chosen this date for 2017. More event sites across the country still to be confirmed.

If you're interested in participating this year or hosting one in your local community, please contact us at...
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"Each time I share my story I get better at it. Each time I grow stronger. Each time I learn something new." Read Peta's blog on what she's learned one year on from when she first publicly shared her story of suicide [ Wordpress.com Link ]
If reading this brings up tough emotions in you, please talk about how you're feeling with a trusted family member, friend or one of our partners [...
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REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the 2017 National Suicide Prevention Conference. Early bird discounts available. Fiona Kalaf, CEO of Youth Focus, and SPA Member Organisation, shares her experience with NSPC and explains why she believes it is an important event for the suicide prevention sector [ Youtu.be Link ]

Learn more about this year's conference by visiting [ Suicidepreventionaust.org...
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Why is the National Suicide Prevention Conference an important event in the sector?

Meet Fiona Kalaf, CEO of Youth Focus in WA. Fiona speaks with Suicide Prevention Australia about why the National Suicide Prevention Conference is an importa...

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Wishing all of our Members, colleagues and friends a very happy Mardi Gras weekend! This weekend and every day of the year, we acknowledge the work being done by our members and others to strengthen LGBTI health and wellbeing with specific support for suicide prevention policies and programs.
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NEW PODCAST: "If only we had talked more about ourselves and our feelings instead of the projects." This story is told by Graeme, member of our Lived Experience Network (LEN) and one of our trained speakers. [ Audioboom.com Link ]
If listening to this brings up tough emotions for you, please reach out to trusted family members, friends or one of our partners who are there to support you [...
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Graeme's Story: Paying attention and listening to your mates does matter

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