Recent News

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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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!

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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.

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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?

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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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