Recent News

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. Please be advised, the content in this study can be overwhelming for some – if you are feeling distressed, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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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

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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 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.

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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.

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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. Although not all people who die by suicide have a mental health problem, and not all people with mental illness are affected by suicidal behaviour, access to excellent mental health care is an important...

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