A mental health and suicide prevention webinar series
Connect 2020 is Suicide Prevention Australia’s webinar series bringing together thought leaders and innovators to share ideas and support our vision of a world without suicide.
Connect 2020 is a unique opportunity to connect and learn from mental health and suicide prevention leaders. The webinars will explore a range of topics including mentally healthy workplaces, mens’ health, carers and postvention.
Attendees at all eight webinars will receive an official Certificate of Completion.
The series is proudly supported by global leader in suicide first aid training, LivingWorks. Learn more about their new 60 minute online suicide intervention skills training program, START.
Feedback from attendees:
“Attending Connect 2020 has been a highlight of my working from home experience (re: COVID 19). This webinar has given me food for thought about the industry I work in as well as my own mental health. A big thank you SPA for organising this event! The thought behind the choice of speakers was spot on and their content most relevant.”
“I thought the webinar was well presented and provided some high quality presenters and information even though we are all adapting to the new way of delivery which has its own challenges.”
“Fantastic webinar, very informative and covered a wide range of themes relevant to the topic. Presenters were very engaging and am looking forward to the next webinar – thank you!”
Webinar 2: New directions in male suicide prevention
Date: Tuesday 16 June 2020
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Register: Click here to register
Free for members of the Suicide Prevention Australia Lived Experience Panel
Phone: 02 9262 1130
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Webinar partner: Movember Foundation
About the webinar
The past years have seen male mental health become one of the key issues in suicide prevention and mental health.
This webinar will investigate the unique challenges of male suicide prevention, bringing a national and global perspective to one of the biggest issues in suicide prevention and mental health.
Our speakers will explore the question: What is the evidence to inform our practice in the prevention of male suicide?
Register today to hear from our dynamic line-up of expert speakers, including:
- Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, The University of Newcastle
- Dr Zac Seidler, Director of Mental Health Training, Movember & Research Fellow, Orygen
- Brendan Maher, Global Director, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Movember Foundation
- Marc Bryant, Business Development Manager, LivingWorks Australia
Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, The University of Newcastle
Frances is currently in a temporary role as Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, at the University of Newcastle. She is taking a leave of absence from her role as NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Director of Technology, Innovation, and Translation at the NHMRC PREMISE Centre for Research Excellence, and Co-Director of the Mental Health Hub of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre in Brain and Mental Health while in the Acting PVC role. She leads an international team of researchers, clinicians and industry partners in the innovative development and translation of evidence-based treatments for comorbid mental and physical disorders. This involves developing clinically safe and efficacious interventions, conducting controlled research to better understand how these interventions translate into clinical practice and general population settings, and linking with basic scientists to better understand the key mechanisms and components of change for these interventions for different patient groups at different stages of disorder. She is the current President of the Society for Mental Health Research (the peak body for mental health research in Australia and New Zealand) and the immediate past-President of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (the peak international body for research on technology and health). She also serves on the Million Minds Mission Advisory Panel, and the National Mental Health Commission Research Strategy.
Dr Zac Seidler: Director of Mental Health Training, Movember, Research Fellow, Orygen
Dr. Seidler is a Clinical Psychologist, the Director of Mental Health Training at Movember and a Research Fellow with Orygen at The University of Melbourne. Zac has devoted the past 5 years to the goal of reducing the staggering male suicide rate, treating and researching men’s mental health with over 25 peer-reviewed articles published. Zac has worked clinically with men of different ages and presentations from adolescents with early psychosis to older HIV+ men struggling with adjustment. Currently, Zac is creating the world’s first online program to train mental health professionals in how to better understand and respond to men’s distress.
Brendan Maher: Global Director, Mental Health & Suicide Prevention, Movember
Brendan Maher is the Global Director, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at Movember. He joined the organisation in May 2019 and leads a passionate, responsive, and dynamic global team working to prevent suicide and achieve better mental health outcomes for men.
Brendan is also a Board Member and former CEO of R U OK? in Australia – an organisation most well known for R U OK?Day, a national day of action committed to encouraging and equipping everyone to regularly and meaningfully ask “are you ok?”, of anyone who might be struggling with life.
Brendan is a passionate advocate for suicide prevention with almost 12 years senior leadership experience across Lifeline Australia, R U OK? and Movember. His contribution to the sector was recognised in 2019 with Suicide Prevention Australia’s LIFE Award for Excellence in Leadership.
Marc Bryant, Business Development Manager, LivingWorks Australia
In 2020, Marc joined global suicide prevention training leaders LivingWorks Australia in a business development role.
Previously, Marc was a senior leader at Everymind, an Australian mental health promotion and suicide prevention organisation. Marc led Everymind’s suicide prevention program area for more than a decade, including the nationally recognised Mindframe and Life in Mind programs.
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Connect 2020 is Suicide Prevention Australia’s webinar series. The webinar series connects thought leaders and innovators to share ideas and support our vision of a world without suicide.
The webinars will explore a range of topics including mentally healthy workplaces, mens’ health, carers and postvention.
Attendees at all eight webinars will receive an official certificate of completion.
Read more: www.suicidepreventionaust.org/connect-2020