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National Suicide Prevention Conference – Relationships, Resilience and Respect

21 July 2017

Hunter Institute of Mental Health staff are actively preparing to facilitate a range of presentations as part of this year’s National Suicide Prevention Conference in Brisbane.

Hosted by Suicide Prevention Australia, the conference titled Relationships, resilience and respect: Responding to vulnerability in life will be held from Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 July, and is a platform for the exchange of ideas and discussions about the issues in suicide prevention at the national and community level.

This year, the Hunter Institute will showcase its work in suicide prevention leading safe and effective professional communication, planning and delivering regional responses, community engagement, collaboration and research. The team will be facilitating a range of workshops and presentations with representatives from Suicide Prevention Australia, SANE Australia, NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Black Dog Institute, Roses in the Ocean and LifeSpan over the course of the four-day program.

Hunter Institute Director, Jaelea Skehan said the National Suicide Prevention Conference is a great time to reflect on current practices, learn from others and connect with new partners across diverse sectors.

“Harnessing our collective knowledge and passion across sectors and communities is important, and will ultimately make the difference in suicide prevention locally and nationally.

“Events like the National Suicide Prevention Conference provide a valuable opportunity to have national conversations about prevention-focused approaches,” she said.

Jaelea Skehan, Director, Hunter Institute

During the conference, staff will also be on hand at an exhibition booth with information and resources from our suicide prevention, mental health and research programs. If you’re attending, we encourage you to come and say hello to the team!

The Hunter Institute will be facilitating the following workshop, panel and presentations at this year’s conference

Wednesday 26 July 2017:

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP B: Supporting Suicide Prevention through Good Communication Planning
Jaelea Skehan, Sara Bartlett and Melinda Benson, Hunter Institute of Mental Health
Kim Borrowdale, Deputy CEO/Head of Communications, Suicide Prevention Australia

Thursday 27 July:

Panel: State of the LGBTI Nation: Mental Health and Wellbeing
Sara Bartlett, Hunter Institute of Mental Health (Chair)
Chris Pycroft, NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
Rebecca Reynolds, National LGBTI Health Alliance
Sally Morris, National LGBTI Health Alliance
Kim Borrowdale, Suicide Prevention Australia

Friday 28 July:

Presentation: Communicating When Tragedy Strikes: Community Feedback and Responding to Stories about Suicide in the Media
Sara Bartlett, Hunter Institute of Mental Health
Ellen Sproule, SANE Australia

Presentation: Using a Comprehensive Suicide Audit to Inform LifeSpan Newcastle’s Community Action on Suicide Prevention
Dr Katie McGill, Hunter Institute of Mental Health
Dean Martin, Black Dog Institute

Presentation: Using Evidence, Engaging Community and Building Collaborations: Lifespan Suicide Prevention in Action
Rachel Green, Dr Fiona Shand and Jo Riley, LifeSpan
Bronwen Edwards, Roses in the Ocean
Tegan Cotterill, Hunter Institute of Mental Health

Saturday 29 July:

Do Australian Media Agree with Recommendations for Reporting Suicide?
Dr Ross Tynan, Hunter Institute of Mental Health

Program and more information

For the full program and more information, visit the National Suicide Prevention Conference website.