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The official Suicide Prevention Australia AudioBoom Channel.
Suicide Prevention Australia provides national leadership for the suicide prevention sector in Australia. SPA works collaboratively to develop a community that knows how to ask for help and how to give help.
We build and facilitate partnerships to change behaviours around mental illness and suicide, and to assist the healing for people with lived experience of suicide.
If any of the stories shared on this page bring up touch emotions for you, please reach out to a trusted family member or friend, or one of the support services we have available in Australia (visit our website and click on the Get Help button for more information).

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The official Suicide Prevention Australia AudioBoom Channel.
Suicide Prevention Australia provides national leadership for the suicide prevention sector in Australia. SPA works collaboratively to develop a community that knows how to ask for help and how to give help.
We build and facilitate partnerships to change behaviours around mental illness and suicide, and to assist the healing for people with lived experience of suicide.
If any of the stories shared on this page bring up touch emotions for you, please reach out to a trusted family member or friend, or one of the support services we have available in Australia (visit our website and click on the Get Help button for more information).

    93: Interview with 2018 National Conference Keynote Speaker David Covington on Crisis Now, Zero Suicide and the peer workforce

    93: Interview with 2018 National Conference Keynote Speaker David Covington on Crisis Now, Zero Suicide and the peer workforce

    Running time 41.55
    At the 2018 National Suicide Prevention Conference held in Adelaide SA we were delighted to welcome David Covington as one of our international speakers. David kindly talked with us following his Plenary Presentations and Workshops at the conference so that those of you who couldn't be there in person could hear some of his key points and learnings.
    More on Mr Covington below.
    David Covington, LPC, MBA serves as CEO and President of RI International, is a partner in Behavioral Health Link, co-founder of CrisisTech 360 and leads the international initiatives “Crisis Now,” “Zero Suicide” and “Peer 2.0.” He is a two-time national winner of the Council of State Governments Innovations Award, in 2008 with the Georgia Crisis & Access Line and again in 2012 with Magellan Health. For five consecutive years, he competed as a national finalist in innovations competitions, including Harvard’s Innovations in American Government in 2009, and was featured in Business Week magazine (Innovate Timeline).
    He is an acclaimed global speaker and blogger having visited 35 countries (Where in the World Is?), with top-ranked TED-style Talks and conference keynotes. Previously he served as Vice-President at Magellan Health responsible for the executive and clinical operations of the $750 million per year contract with Arizona Medicaid. Mr. Covington is a member of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) established in 2017 in accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act to report to Congress on advances in behavioural health.
    Mr. Covington is the President-Elect of the American Association of Suicidology and has served on its Board of Directors since 2014\. He has served on the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Executive Committee since it was created in 2010, co-chairing task forces on clinical care and crisis services (Research Publications). In 2016, he became the Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline SAMHSA Steering Committee after serving as Vice-Chair from its creation in 2005\. He also served on the National Council for Behavioral Health Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014.
    Mr. Covington’s management history also includes CEO of Behavioral Health Link and Director of Public Sector Quality Management at APS Healthcare. He is a licensed professional counsellor and has an MBA from Kennesaw State and a Master’s of Science from the University of Memphis. His personal achievements include the 2008 Boston marathon and 2013 Fear Factor.
    #NSPC18
    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. Call Lifeline on 131114, MensLine 1300 78 99 78, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline 1800 551800 FREE. [Click here for a comprehensive list of these and other support services](https://communitiesmatter.suicidepreventionaust.org/content/useful-contacts).

    • 41 min
    92: Interview with 2018 National Conference Keynote Speaker Carol Hopkins on strengths based approaches to First Nations' suicide prevention

    92: Interview with 2018 National Conference Keynote Speaker Carol Hopkins on strengths based approaches to First Nations' suicide prevention

    Running time 21.32
    At the 2018 National Suicide Prevention Conference held in Adelaide SA we were delighted to welcome Carol Hopkins , Executive Director, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, Ontario, Canada as one of our international speakers. Carol kindly talked with us following her Plenary Presentation at the conference so that those of you who couldn't be there in person could hear some of her key points and learnings.
    More on Ms Hopkins below.
    Carol Hopkins is the Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation (a division of the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation) and is of the Lenape Nation at Moraviantown, ON.
    Carol Hopkins has spent over 20 years in the field of First Nations addictions and mental health. She holds both a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto and a degree in sacred Indigenous Knowledge, equivalent to a PhD in western based education systems.
    Carol also holds a sessional faculty position in the school of social work at Kings University College at Western University.
    Carol has co-chaired national initiatives known for best practice in national policy review and development, resulting in the: First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework (FNMWC), the Honouring Our Strengths: A Renewed Framework to Address Substance Use Issues Among First Nations in Canada, the Indigenous Wellness Framework, and best practice guidelines for culturally based inhalant abuse treatment. Carol has also inspired the development of the Native Wellness Assessment. In recognition of this work, Carol received the Champions of Mental Health Award 2015 for Research/Clinician, the Health Canada Innovations Award, is a member of the leadership advisory council to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care and was invited by Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, to join the Canadian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, Special Session on the World Drug Problem. Carol also is an invited member of the Mental Health Advisory Council to the Federal Minister of Health.
    #NSPC18
    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. Call Lifeline on 131114, MensLine 1300 78 99 78, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline 1800 551800 FREE. [Click here for a comprehensive list of these and other support services.](https://communitiesmatter.suicidepreventionaust.org/content/useful-contacts)

    • 21 min
    91: Interview with Sarah Coker, SANE Australia, on launch on Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention Position Statement

    91: Interview with Sarah Coker, SANE Australia, on launch on Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention Position Statement

    Running time 9.42
    On 23 July 2018, at Suicide Prevention Australia’s National Suicide Prevention Conference, Chief Executive Nieves Murray launched a paper that challenges Australia’s view of the role of mental illness when it comes to suicide prevention.
    Listen to our interview with SANE Australia's Head of Programs, Sarah Coker, on why this Paper is important and what it means for all of us.
    More on the Paper below and [on the SPA website](https://www.suicidepreventionaust.org/news/media-release-new-discussion-paper-challenges-australia%E2%80%99s-views-role-mental-illness-and-suicide).
    Research shows people living with complex mental illness are 13-45 times more likely to take their own life their own life than those living without mental illness. For people living with:
    * Borderline personality disorder the risk is 45 times greater
    * Anorexia nervosa the risk is 31 times greater
    * Major depressive disorder the risk is 20 times greater
    * Bipolar disorder is 17 times greater
    * Schizophrenia the risk is 13 times greater
    Ms Murray calls for government, business and community to play their part in the delivering the change that is recommended to prevent suicide of those living with mental illness.
    “To support more people with mental illness to live longer lives, we must implement prevention strategies focused on increasing mental health literacy, reducing stigma and increasing access to care. We must implement system level improvements that integrate mental health and suicide prevention planning. We must invest in improved education, training and resourcing for those in health and social support roles. We must invest in strategic research and evaluation to better understand suicide and its prevention.”
    Suicide Prevention partnered with SANE Australia to develop this paper in conjunction with a panel of people with personal and professional expertise.
    SANE Australia General Manager of Research, Policy and Programs Dr Michelle Blanchard, who co-authored the report, says suicide is a complex issue and mental health services have a crucial role to play in helping address the associated risks.
    “Given what we know about this higher risk of suicide for those living with mental illness, it’s vital suicide prevention strategies aim to grow mental health literacy, reduce stigma surrounding mental illness, promote access to evidence-based care and are developed in collaboration with people who have experience living with mental illness. We also know certain social and environmental factors that can exacerbate mental illness can also play a role in suicide including trauma, discrimination, social isolation, unemployment or homelessness.”
    SANE Australia ambassador Terri Warner lives with bipolar disorder and has attempted to take her own life requiring emergency medical intervention.
    “Before I attempted suicide, I felt overwhelmed. I couldn’t see a way out and found myself in an intolerable moment that I didn’t think would end, but that I desperately wanted to be over. I had exhausted what I thought were all of the possibilities and was so trapped by what I was thinking and feeling that I couldn’t reason, problem solve or find any resemblance of hope that there was a way forward,” Ms Warner said.
    “I believe it’s important mental health professionals work with each individual to help manage those kinds of feelings, as what works for one person won’t work for everyone. It took me a long time to realise the strategies that work for me. It’s time we thought outside the box in our approach to suicide prevention and listen to, rather than challenge, people who have attempted suicide.”
    #NSPC18
    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

    • 9 min
    90: Interview with 2018 Leadership LiFE Award Winner Jorgen Gullestrup

    90: Interview with 2018 Leadership LiFE Award Winner Jorgen Gullestrup

    Running time 13.22
    In 2018 Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) celebrated the 15th Annual LiFE Awards recognising excellence in suicide prevention. The 2018 National Suicide Prevention Conference Dinner played host to this important event and was a chance for the whole sector to appreciate the innovative work being undertaken by our peers and colleagues.
    The Awards are a prestigious national event that attracts nominations from all areas including business, industry, media, community, government, youth research and medicine – all with an interest in suicide prevention. Nominations are received from all over Australia, and we were delighted with the number of quality nominations this year showcasing the exciting and diverse range of work being undertaken within the field.
    The nominees range from mainstream programs to local ‘grass roots’ organisations and dedicated individuals. The Awards celebrate the commitment and energy of the nominees and their vital contribution to the reduction of suicide within our communities.
    At the Award Ceremony, the Suicide Prevention Australia Board was delighted to present Jorgen Gullestrup with the prestigious Leadership LiFE Award for Excellence in Suicide Prevention. Below is a little bit more information about Jorgen and the work does.
    We hope you enjoy our conversation with him following his award win.
    In the suicide prevention sector, it is not often that we get to talk about tradies, but tonight, the Board of SPA wanted to honour a plumber by trade. Starting his career in the construction industry, Jorgen saw first-hand the impact of suicide on the workers, their families and friends.
    Following the 2006 AISRAP investigation into suicide in the Queensland Commercial Building and
    Construction industry, Jorgen (who, at the time was State Secretary of the Plumbers Union) decided it was time to take action to save the lives of construction workers.
    Ten years ago, with the help of the Building Employees Redundancy Trust, Jorgen worked together with the construction industry to develop the MATES in Construction program. MATES vision is to be Australia’s leading industry suicide prevention organisation focusing on raising awareness, building capacity, providing help and research.
    Within the first five years of operation, an 8% reduction in Queensland construction industry suicide rates was achieved. Jorgen has presided over the expansion of the program from Queensland which is now reaching over 138,000 workers across four Australian States.
    Following the completion of his Masters in Suicidology, he recently won a Churchill Fellowship to investigate and understand approaches to workplace suicide prevention and mental health globally in countries such as Switzerland, Denmark, UK, USA, and New Zealand.
    Into all of his conversations with colleagues, businesses, unions and community, Jorgen brings a mix of his personal experience with suicidal behaviour, his practical nature and a passion for positive change. His leadership has changed the landscape of the entire construction industry in how they train and support their apprentices, and saved many lives and much grief for families, friends and colleagues.
    Jorgen has never lost sight of measuring the impact of the MATES in Construction program, resulting in a scalable suicide intervention model that is now translating into the mining sector and inspiring other industries.
    From Plumber to Suicidologist and ‘change maker’, the SPA board is proud to acknowledge Jorgen Gullestrup with this year’s LiFE award for Excellence in Leadership.
    #NSPC18
    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. Call Lifeline on 131114, MensLine 1300 78 99 78, Suicide Cal

    • 13 min
    89: Interview with Joe Williams, 2018 LiFE Award Winner in Communities Matter Category

    89: Interview with Joe Williams, 2018 LiFE Award Winner in Communities Matter Category

    Running time 17.41
    In 2018 Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) celebrated the 15th Annual LiFE Awards recognising excellence in suicide prevention. The 2018 National Suicide Prevention Conference Dinner played host to this important event and was a chance for the whole sector to appreciate the innovative work being undertaken by our peers and colleagues.
    The Awards are a prestigious national event that attracts nominations from all areas including business, industry, media, community, government, youth research and medicine – all with an interest in suicide prevention. Nominations are received from all over Australia, and we were delighted with the number of quality nominations this year showcasing the exciting and diverse range of work being undertaken within the field.
    The nominees range from mainstream programs to local ‘grass roots’ organisations and dedicated individuals. The Awards celebrate the commitment and energy of the nominees and their vital contribution to the reduction of suicide within our communities.
    At the Award Ceremony, we were delighted to present Joe Williams with the Communities Matter (Individual) Award. Below is a little bit more information about Joe and the work does.
    We hope you enjoy our conversation with him following his award win.
    Joe Williams is a proud Wiradjuri First Nations man who not only educates on suicide prevention and mental wellbeing, but also proudly shares his Aboriginal Culture. He speaks of how being spiritually connected and living by the four core values of Love, Care, Respect & Humility he has managed to heal and overcome the adversity he has faced as an Aboriginal man living with mental illness and suicidal ideation.
    Joe was invited to deliver his 'The Enemy Within' sessions in the remote West Australian community of Carnarvon in conjunction with the local Aboriginal Medical Service. Over three days Joe delivered sessions to various community groups. His ability to connect with such a diverse range of people stems from his own personal pain which he describes in an honest and raw way.
    This program has had a lasting impact on the community resulting in invitations to return to the community on multiple occasions. Communities see first-hand the significant contribution Joe is making in the suicide prevention sector in Australia and how he is improving the lives of First Nations people through his work.
    #NSPC18
    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. Call Lifeline on 131114, MensLine 1300 78 99 78, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline 1800 551800 FREE. [Click here for a comprehensive list of these and other support services.](https://communitiesmatter.suicidepreventionaust.org/content/useful-contacts)

    • 17 min
    88: National Suicide Prevention Research Fund opens applications for PhD scholarships

    88: National Suicide Prevention Research Fund opens applications for PhD scholarships

    Suicide Prevention Australia is pleased to advise that the National Suicide Prevention Research Fund is today opening applications for PhD scholarships.
    There are six scholarships being offered each valued at $105,000 over three years. **Applications open Monday 25th June and close 3rd August 2018.**
    [Please read and share the application information on our website.](https://www.suicidepreventionaust.org/higher-degree-research-scholarships)
    The aim of the scholarship program is to support outstanding graduates early in their research career to be trained to conduct research that is relevant to all aspects of suicide prevention, is internationally competitive and will assist in developing a capacity for original independent research within Australia.
    Review the Guidelines for Scholarships to determine eligibility, funding and the criteria for assessment.
    There will be up to six scholarships offered to researchers in the 2018\. Three of these will be funded directly through the National Suicide Prevention Research Fund.
    Up to three additional scholarships will be funded by SPA partners supporting research into suicide and its prevention
    An important note is that the partner scholarships have some specific areas of interest:
    • Regional Australia Bank is seeking a candidate studying at a regional university who is seeking to better understand suicide in rural and regional communities
    • Anytime Fitness Australia has a specific interest in candidates who are exploring links between physical activity and its role in suicide prevention.
    We are encouraging applications from those who are working fulltime in the sector and simultaneously completing their PhD. In support of these individuals we will be offering flexible funding options through this program.
    #SuicidePrevention #ManyVoicesOneGoal

    • 3 min

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