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The power of people with lived experience working together

26 April 2019

The power of people with lived experience working together has been highlighted by the NSW Mental Health Commission.

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Help us spread the word about help available in our region!

3 April 2019

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative has recently developed a 'Where to go for support' resource for adults that highlights key mental health and other supports available in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region.

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Collaborative sums up successes with new Progress Report!

22 March 2019

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative has recently released its third Progress Report, summing up milestones and achievements to date, as well as next steps for the future.

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Raising awareness for suicide prevention at ‘Battle of the Countries’

7 February 2019

Earlier this year, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative was proud to be the platinum sponsor at ‘Battle of the Countries’, an Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout event with a mental health focus.

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The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper

29 January 2019

The Morrison Government has established a Productivity Commission Inquiry into the role of mental health in the Australian economy and communities, looking at the best ways to support and improve national mental wellbeing.

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Tim Heffernan and Toni Garretty among new Deputy Commissioners for mental health

23 January 2019

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative congratulates Tim Heffernan and Toni Garretty on their new appointments as part-time Deputy Commissioners with the NSW Mental Health Commission.

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Check in with family and friends during the festive season

20 December 2018

Christmas can be a challenging time for some people. That's why it's important to check in with family and friends, and see how they're going.

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Young people donate to support local suicide prevention efforts

19 December 2018

Kiama High School students recently donated $1,300 to the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative.

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Lend your voice to improve emergency and follow-up care for a suicidal crisis

18 December 2018

You are invited to help in Black Dog Institute’s study looking at the experiences of individuals who have been to the emergency department for suicide-risk.

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Illawarra Hawks join QPR campaign for suicide prevention

5 December 2018

On Tuesday 4 December, the Illawarra Hawks completed Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training with the Collaborative.

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A mo takes a month, QPR takes an hour

30 November 2018

If one of your mates was suicidal, would you know what to do?

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First national survey of trans and gender diverse sexual health launched in Australia

31 October 2018

Virtually nothing is known about the sexual lives of trans and gender diverse people living in Australia.

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Free suicide prevention training now available!

19 October 2018

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative today announced that an additional 1,000 free licenses are now available for suicide prevention training!

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NSW begins journey towards zero suicides!

17 October 2018

All people who have been admitted to hospital following an attempted suicide and those who have reached out for help will have access to follow up care and support under a new comprehensive strategy that marks the beginning of our journey towards zero suicides in NSW.

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Rising suicide nationally, requires more action locally

27 September 2018

Story by Lisa Wachsmuth Illawarra Mercury

There was 3128 deaths by suicide across the nation last year, rising 9. 1 per cent from 2866 in 2016, new data reveals.

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Supporting colleagues with mental health obstacles

7 September 2018

Steve Gibbeson was recently featured in the Illawarra Mercury about his family’s loss of loved ones to suicide and the need to support initiatives such as the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative.

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Crisis support services – just a call or click away!

3 September 2018

We all have good days and bad days. But for some, those bad days can mount up to the point that you reach a crisis point and you feel like life is no longer worth living.

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Local AFL clubs come together to tackle high suicide rates

27 August 2018

In the Illawarra Shoalhaven, three out of four suicide deaths are men. Sporting clubs are often close knit communities, and are well placed to notice when someone is struggling – particularly amongst their players, coaching staff or committee members.

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Collaborative report highlights big achievements in last twelve months!

20 August 2018

 

 

The LifeSpan project, which involves the simultaneous implementation of nine different strategies with strong evidence in suicide prevention,

Key highlights from the report include:

New aftercare service up & running at all three major Emergency Departments. Universal mental health screening started general practices across the region.

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Collaborative invites community to big celebration!

20 August 2018

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative is holding a big, public celebration event on RUOK? Day 2018. From ground-breaking programs in local schools, to new health services and media campaigns, a lot has been achieved since the Collaborative launched the Black Dog Institute's LifeSpan project just twelve months ago.

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Reconnecting with life – the vital role of peer workers, family and friends in suicide prevention

20 August 2018

The strongest predictor of a future suicide attempt is a previous suicide attempt. High quality, coordinated follow-up care has the potential to reduce suicide attempts by almost 20 per cent but it doesn’t always require clinical mental health treatment.

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New community suicide prevention training announced!

15 August 2018

We all have a role to play in suicide prevention. One simple thing you can do is learn how to recognise and respond to the warning signs of suicide. Lifeline South Coast and Citylife Community Initiatives are currently offering two types of face-to-face suicide prevention trainings.

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Families play a crucial role in supporting people who are suicidal

14 August 2018

"My ability to support my family member in crisis or just the ongoing condition is only as good as my ability to look after myself," – Kate*, a local carer for her son who has depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Psychological treatment is available, affordable and effective in suicide prevention

6 August 2018

People living with mental illness are more likely to die by suicide than the general population.

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Suicide prevention program rolled out in local high schools

30 July 2018

Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM), an evidence-based mental health program for Year 9 students has now been rolled out to thousands of high school students across the Illawarra Shoalhaven, with 25 public, independent and Catholic high schools delivering the program.

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General practices can play a vital role in suicide prevention

23 July 2018

COORDINARE (South Eastern NSW PHN) and the Black Dog Institute have joined forces and are working with general practices in the Illawarra Shoalhaven to introduce a new mental health screening and support package to better equip general practices with the skills and resources to identify and support people in distress.

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Employers have important role to play in reducing suicide

16 July 2018

Every day, eight Australians die by suicide. And this affects more people than you might think, with one in four people saying they know someone who has taken their own life. Chances are suicide has affected someone in your workplace.

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New research: suicide affects everyone

9 July 2018

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative has just released new data which shows that suicide affects everyone and that we all have a role to play in prevention.

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What do you know about suicide prevention?

21 May 2018

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative is currently working with the Black Dog Institute on a project called LifeSpan, Australia’s largest ever Suicide Prevention trial!

In the lead-up to this trial, hundreds of Illawarra Shoalhaven residents were surveyed about their awareness of suicide.

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Q&A with Edmund Rice College Principal about the YAM program roll out

27 March 2018

We spoke to Edmund Rice College Principal, Peter McGovern, about the benefits of the YAM (Youth Aware of Mental Health) program for school students.

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AFL stars hit the road to promote awareness for suicide prevention – first stop Wollongong!

14 March 2018

This Friday 16th March, 30 cyclists will embark on a gruelling 8-day, 1433 kilometre bike ride from Sydney to Melbourne.  On their way, they will stop in Wollongong to deliver a community forum about mental health and suicide prevention.

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New research highlights the important role friends, family and workmates can play in reducing suicide

12 February 2018

The Illawarra Shoalhaven’s Suicide Prevention Collaborative has issued a reminder that we all have a role to play in suicide prevention – and you don’t have to be an expert to make a difference.

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Collaborative sums up a big 2017 with the release of its first Progress Report!

18 December 2017

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative has released its first Progress Report, summing up a massive year in suicide prevention for the region. The Collaborative took on the Black Dog Institute's LifeSpan project in 2017 - a new, evidence-based, integrated approach to suicide prevention.

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An exciting opportunity to help reduce suicide and promote mental health in young people

17 November 2017

Are you passionate about promoting mental health, resilience & help-seeking in young people?

Are you willing to volunteer a small amount of time to help deliver a mental health program in schools?

Then we would love to hear from you!

AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO HELP REDUCE SUICIDE & PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH IN YOUNG...

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Express your interest: Mental Health Screening and Support Package

26 October 2017

COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN and the Black Dog Institute are seeking Expressions of Interest from general practices to utilise a new mental health screening and support package.

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Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan released

23 October 2017

Around four million Australians who experience a mental health condition will benefit from a strengthened mental health system under the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

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Resources to support LGBTI people during marriage equality debate

3 October 2017

ACON has developed some useful resources to support LGBTI people who may be experiencing distress due to the marriage equality debate.

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We all have a role to play in suicide prevention!

27 September 2017

The release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Causes of Death today has shown that suicide rates have started to fall.

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New approach to suicide prevention launched

13 September 2017

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative officially launched the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan trial in the Illawarra Shoalhaven on Thursday 14 September. LifeSpan is a new evidence-based, integrated approach to suicide prevention. It combines nine strategies that have strong evidence for suicide prevention into one community-led approach.

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Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide

12 September 2017

We all have a role to play in suicide prevention - it could be as simple as signing up to the Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) training.

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LifeSpan official launch - You're invited!

18 August 2017

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative invites you to the official launch of the Black Dog Institute’s Lifespan project in the region. Lifespan is a new evidence-based, integrated approach to suicide prevention. It combines nine strategies that have strong evidence for suicide prevention into one community-led approach.

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Mindframe provides local media training

18 August 2017

Illawarra Shoalhaven is working together to reduce suicide by doing what works.

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ISLHD Community Mental Health Consumer Consultation

14 August 2017

Adult Community Mental Health (ISLHD) are looking at how they can improve how they provide services to you.

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ISLHD Community Mental Health (Adult) - Model of Care / Service Provider Consultation

15 June 2017

Over the next few months, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) Community Mental Health Service (Adult) will be reviewing, designing and implementing their Model of Care (Moc).

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LifeSpan survey - Share a voice to help out!

7 June 2017

You are invited to take part in an online survey for a research study which will investigate whether a community-wide, integrated suicide prevention program, called LifeSpan, can change suicide risk, knowledge, behaviours, and attitudes.

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Grand Pacific Health launch suicide prevention initiative

12 May 2017

Grand Pacific Health today officially launched the Suicide Prevention Initiative ‘Next Steps’.

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Action urgently needed to stem rising youth mental illness

19 April 2017

A joint report released today by Mission Australia and Black Dog Institute shows more young Australians are in psychological distress than five years ago, with almost one in four young people in 2016 meeting the criteria for probable serious mental illness and young females twice as likely as males to...

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Working groups established to focus on specific areas of suicide prevention

7 April 2017

The Suicide Prevention Collaborative has established five Working Groups, each focused on a specific area of suicide prevention. The focus areas are:

Health interventions
Community interventions
School interventions
Data driven suicide prevention
Aboriginal suicide prevention.

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Black Dog Institute representatives meet with Collaborative

6 December 2016

More than 60 people recently came together in Kiama as part of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative meeting with Black Dog Institute. The meeting kicked off with presentations from the Collaborative and South Coast Aboriginal Medical Service on some of the work currently being undertaken in the region.

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New approach to suicide prevention to be implemented

4 August 2016

The Illawarra Shoalhaven region has been selected to take part in Australia’s largest integrated suicide prevention program expected to reduce suicide deaths by 20% and suicide attempts by 30%.

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Local organisations join forces to combat high rates of suicide

20 April 2016

With suicide being the leading cause of deaths for Australians aged between 15 and 44 years, a new cross-sectoral alliance has been formed in the Illawarra Shoalhaven, working together to lower suicide rates within the region.

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