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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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...
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Mindframe provides local media training
18 August 2017
Illawarra Shoalhaven is working together to reduce suicide by doing what works.Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
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.Read More
Grand Pacific Health launch suicide prevention initiative
12 May 2017
Grand Pacific Health today officially launched the Suicide Prevention Initiative ‘Next Steps’.Read More
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...Read More
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:
Data driven suicide prevention
Aboriginal suicide prevention.
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.Read More
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%.Read More
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.Read More