Recent News

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 There was 3128 deaths by suicide across the nation last year, rising 9.1 per cent from 2866 in 2016, new data reveals.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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New community suicide prevention training announced!

15 August 2018

We all have a role to play in suicide prevention.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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