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NSPC 2017

  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2017
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2017
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2017
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2017

Program

Morning Workshops

Date: Wednesday 26 July 2017
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Venue: Sofitel Brisbane Central

Workshop A: How can SPA Members Support the PHN Suicide Prevention Program?

Stephen Holland
Head of Policy & Member Engagement, Suicide Prevention Australia

The 5th National Mental Health Plan includes a commitment to a national suicide prevention plan. The plan will set the framework for a coordinated approach to suicide prevention, with PHNs playing a central role in delivering outcomes for the community. This forum builds on the successful SPA Knowledge Exchange Workshop last year, and will examine how SPA members can support PHNs in working to meaningfully reduce suicide in Australia.

Workshop B: Supporting Suicide Prevention through Good Communication Planning

Jaelea Skehan, Marc Bryant, Sara Bartlett & Melinda Benson
Hunter Institute of Mental Health
Kim Borrowdale
Deputy CEO / Head of Communications, Suicide Prevention Australia

This workshop run by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health is designed for people planning and contributing to regional and community suicide prevention planning and action. It will draw together key evidence, resources and planning tools to support participants to:

The workshop will involve presentations, group discussions and facilitated activities as well as an opportunity to provide feedback on the resources local communities need to support their communication activities.

Workshop C: The Power of Storytelling with a Purpose

Tracy McCown
Manager, Lived Experience Network, Suicide Prevention Australia

Storytelling can positively and meaningfully change the community’s negative attitudes and behaviours that discriminate against individuals and cause barriers to accessing the care and support that all people deserve. This workshop will explore how the words we select have the power to positively influence discussions and the importance of considering our own well-being as well as that of the audience. We invite community members who have had suicidal thoughts, have attempted suicide, have been a carer for someone who was suicidal, is bereaved by suicide, or identifies as having been touched by suicide in some other way. We warmly invite our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members as well as those from a culturally and linguistically diverse background and our LGBTIQ community members.

Workshop D: Zero Suicides in Healthcare

Sue Murray
CEO, Suicide Prevention Australia

In February 2017, Suicide Prevention Australia hosted the 3rd International Summit of Zero Suicides in Healthcare. Drawing together practitioners and policymakers from 17 countries, the summit examined the Zero framework, programs trialling the system, and evaluations of the approach. This workshop will provide an update on Zero Suicides in Healthcare in Australia, in the international context, from International Declaration to local action.

Afternoon Workshops

Date: Wednesday 26 July 2017
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Sofitel Brisbane Central

Workshop E: An Enhanced Psychological Autopsy Approach Towards Examining Suicide and Supporting Families Bereaved by Suicide

Professor Ella Arensman
Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation
Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland President, International Association for Suicide Prevention

This workshop will provide a training opportunity for researchers and health professionals to update their knowledge and skills in conducting psychological autopsy research as a structural component of suicide surveillance and determining priorities for suicide prevention.

Psychological autopsy refers to a procedure for investigating a person’s death by reconstructing what the person’s situation, thoughts, feeling and behaviours before death, based on systematically obtaining information from medical and coroner’s records, police reports, personal information, and interviews with family members and friends who were closely linked to the deceased. A key component of the enhanced psychological autopsy approach is to systematically collect information from multiple sources, which can be verified and representative of a standardised suicide surveillance system. This provides clarity for research and analysis of data pertaining to individual cases of suicide and sudden untimely death, thus minimising potential for interpretative bias. The enhanced psychological autopsy approach was developed as part of the Suicide Support and Information System(SSIS) (Arensman et al, 2016; 2013; 2012). The SSIS is innovative as it was developed to prevent suicide by pro-actively facilitating access to support for the bereaved while at the same time obtaining information on risk factors associated with suicide and deaths classified as open verdicts using a systematic and standardised procedure.

Workshop F: Addressing Repetitive Intrusive Unstoppable Suicidal Thoughts and Images

Professor Ad Kerkhof
Professor of Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology and Suicide Prevention Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

One of the essential structural components of the suicidal process is the intrusive and repetitive nature of suicidal ideation, plans, fantasies, suicidal worries and rumination, and suicidal imagery. This workshop will discuss ways of directly addressing these dynamics of the suicidal process in depressed patients / callers, particularly ways of targeting repetitive intrusive uncontrollable and unstoppable thoughts (e.g. about perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness), and intrusive suicidal ideation, planning, and imagery. The workshop is meant for practitioners who want to increase their powers to deal with suicidal crises. Participants will be given the opportunity to practice new skills using their own suicidal patients in role playing. The workshop will be instructive for clinicians (CBT psychotherapists), social workers, researchers, as well as for staff of helplines.

Workshop G: The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide: Current Evidence Base and Clinical Applications

Dr. Kim Van Orden
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York, USA

The interpersonal theory of suicide is a contemporary theory that aims to provide an understanding of why people die by suicide. The theory proposes that a desire for suicide (often operationalised as suicide ideation) is caused by feeling that one does not belong to caring and supportive relationships/groups (thwarted belonging) and perceiving (usually incorrectly) that one is a burden on others and that others would be better off if one were dead (perceived burden). Thus, targeting thwarted belonging, perceived burden, and capability for suicide, could inform treatment and prevention strategies for suicide. This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the interpersonal theory of suicide, including the current state of its evidence base, as well as theory-guided and empirically-based best practices for clinical work with suicidal patients, emphasising risk assessment and crisis management. Presentation of material will be complemented with handouts, clinical demonstrations, videos, and experiential exercises.

Additional Workshops

Workshop H: SANE Australia Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention

Date: Tuesday 25 July 2017 (Please note, this is the day BEFORE the other pre-conference workshops)
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: Sofitel Brisbane Central
Cost: $190 - This training is a special offer, discounted from the usual $385, for delegates of the National Suicide Prevention Conference.

SPA have partnered with SANE Australia to deliver a full-day Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention Workshop for SPA delegates, on Tuesday 25th July.

SANE's Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention workshop has been well-received by the Victorian community with over 500 professionals registering since September. Built on SANE’s Suicide Prevention and Recovery Guide, this non-clinical training encourages health professionals to reflect on their role in suicide prevention and explore recovery principles and obstacles many health professionals experience.

Areas covered include supporting people who are suicidal from a recovery approach, responding to those bereaved by suicide, working with families, and putting the consumer at the centre of care.

"This was one of the best workshops I have attended. The use of group activities and the short video clips was remarkable. The discussions were stimulating and informative. It was an extremely well spent day"

Who should attend?

Mental health workers: case-workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, counsellors, peer-workers, social workers, youth workers and students.

Workshop I: Offsite Tour of the yourtown Facilities and Kids Helpline Call Centre

Date: Wednesday 26 July 2017
Time: 9.00am – 10.30am, in time for the other pre-conference workshops
Venue: Departing from Sofitel Brisbane Central
Cost: $45

Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential, phone counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. Delegates will be transported to Kids Helpline's Counselling Centre where they will be provided with a brief presentation of Kids Helpline's services and the role it plays in suicide prevention for Australia's youth. Following the presentation, delegates will be taken for an in-depth tour of Kids Helpline's Counselling Centre to see first-hand the role it is playing to support children and young people on a daily basis.

Workshop J: Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person

Date: Wednesday 26 July 2017
Time: 10.00am – 1.30pm
Venue: Sofitel Brisbane Central
Cost: $150

Fiona Blee
Adults Programs Manager, Mental Health First Aid Australia

The Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person Course is a new specialised course based on revised < a href="https://api.thetopinbox.com/track/v2/link?id=f0a02074-fc66-4208-b4a0-5de067ec2354&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmhfa.com.au%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fmhfa-guidelines-suicide-revised-2014.pdf" target="_blank">Mental Health First Aid Guidelines for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours, developed via the Delphi method based on the expertise of professionals and consumers from English speaking developed countries. Participants in this course will experience the following learning outcomes:

This course is not a post-vention course and is not recommended for individuals recently bereaved by suicide. It is important that people undertaking the course are feeling relatively robust when they undertake it.

Speakers

Professor Ella Arensman

Professor Ella Arensman
Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation
Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland
President, International Association for Suicide Prevention

Professor Ella Arensman is Director of Research with the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and Research Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland. She is President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) with members in more than 70 countries. She is Vice President of the European Alliance Against Depression. She has been involved in research and prevention into suicide and self-harm for 30 years, with emphasis on risk and protective factors associated with suicide and self-harm and effectiveness of suicide prevention and self-harm intervention programmes. In addition to more than 100 papers published in peer review journals, she has published numerous reports for government departments, health and community services.

She serves on various national and international scientific committees and she is an expert advisor for WHO with involvement in advisory boards and delegations, such as South Korea, Egypt and Afghanistan. She encourages international collaboration in suicide prevention and research by bridging the gap between researchers and policymakers in order to strengthen the implementation of national suicide prevention programmes.

Professor Ad Kerkhof

Professor Ad Kerkhof
Professor of Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology and Suicide Prevention Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ad Kerkhof (1952) has a track record of over 30 years of research into suicide and suicide prevention. He was particularly interested in the delivery of health care to suicidal patients, such as the management of suicide attempters in general hospitals, the implementation of evidence based guidelines for the assessment and treatment of suicidal behavior in health care, and the training of mental health care staff into suicide prevention skills, etc. Currently he is involved in developing a mobile phone based safety plan for depressed and suicidal patients who receive treatment, and in testing a EMDR treatment for suicidal flash forwards, frequently observed in the presuicidal syndrome phase. He recently published a Dutch screening instrument for suicide risk among adolescents, taking into consideration youth from divers cultural backgrounds. He was involved in the development and testing of an online intervention for suicidal thinking, in The Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium, and in Australia under the name of Healthy Thinking, by Bregje van Spijker and Helen Christensen. Ad Kerkhof also is an experienced clinician treating suicidal patients with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and he also helps survivors of suicide.

Dr. Kim Van Orden

Dr. Kim Van Orden
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York, USA

Kim Van Orden, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She received her PhD in 2009 from Florida State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester. Her research and clinical interests are in the promotion of social connectedness to prevent late-life suicide. She has published extensively on the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide, which she helped co-develop, refine, and test. She is co-author of the book, The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide: Guidance for Working with Suicidal Clients. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kim also maintains an active clinical practice providing evidence-based psychotherapy to older adults.

LiFE Awards

The Annual LiFE Awards recognise excellence in suicide prevention and are presented at the National Suicide Prevention Conference. The LiFE Awards are a prestigious national event that attract nominations from all areas including business, industry, media, community, government – all with an interest in suicide prevention. Nominations are received from all over Australia, and every year we are overwhelmed with the number of quality nominations received showcasing the exciting, innovative and diverse range of programs being undertaken within the field.

Nominees typically 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.

In 2017 Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) celebrates the 15th Annual LiFE Awards recognising excellence in suicide prevention. Click here to nominate an individual or organisation for a LiFE Award today!

Social Program

Welcome Reception

Date: Thursday 27 July 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Sofitel Brisbane Central
Cost: Included in Full Registration

This function will provide the perfect opportunity for delegates to catch up with colleagues, renew past connections and make new contacts in a relaxed atmosphere.

Conference Dinner & LiFE Awards

Date: Friday 28 July 2017
Time: 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Venue: Sofitel Brisbane Central
Cost: Included in Full Registration

This evening is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with other Conference delegates, whilst being entertained, wined and dined - a night not to be missed!

Suicide Prevention Australia remembers those we have lost to suicide and acknowledges the suffering suicide brings when it touches our lives. We are brought together by experience and unified by hope.