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Connect 2020 
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 to 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 from mentally healthy workplaces, mens’ health, carers and postvention.

The webinars are designed for those working in suicide prevention; mental wellbeing; human resources; workplace health and safety; researchers; and people with lived experience.
The series is proudly supported by LivingWorks, the major sponsor of the eight webinars. 

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Connect 2020 Webinar 1 – Building the mental health and wellbeing of workforces participating in suicide prevention

10:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday 5 May 2020
Webinar link will be provided following registration.

Contact
P: 02 9262 1130
E: events@suicidepreventionaust.org

About

The workplace has evolved significantly, which has required rapid adaptation.   
This webinar will investigate the present and future challenges faced by employers and employees to achieve mentally healthy workplaces, with a focus on suicide prevention. 

We endeavor to answer the question of how do we build the mental health and wellbeing of the diverse workforces participating in suicide prevention.

Register today and hear from an experienced and dynamic line up of keynote speakers including: Lucinda Brogden AM, Professor Nicholas Procter, Associate Professor Jo Robinson and Dr Angela Nicolas. In addition, a case study will be presented showcasing Hydro Tasmania’s award winning workplace program, A new Mindset, which won the 2018 Best Practice in Workplace Tasmanian LiFE Award. 

Keynote Speakers

Lucinda Brogden AM, Chair & Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission
Lucy has a strong commitment to helping others.  Her primary areas of focus are issues facing Women and Girls and Mental Health and Wellbeing particularly in the workplace.  She takes an evidenced based approach to problem solving and social investment.
Lucy has more than 25 years’ experience commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young working in accounting, finance and organisational psychology. Specifically, Lucy has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEO’s, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs.  In 2015, Lucy was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence in Australia.

Dr Angela Nicholas, Research Fellow – Mental Health, University of Melbourne
Dr Angela Nicholas (DHealthPsyc (Research), BPsyc (Hons)) is a Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, the University of Melbourne. Angela's PhD research focuses on the helping responses of community members to family and friends at risk of suicide. In her work at the Centre for Mental Health and as a former Senior Evaluation Officer for the headspace National Office, she has been involved in several evaluations of Australia-wide government-funded mental health programs delivered in primary care. She is currently managing a national consultation project aimed at informing a national strategy to reduce stigma and discrimination toward those with mental illnesses poorly understood in the community, such as personality disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Professor Nicholas Procter, Chair, Mental Health Nursing and leader, UniSA’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group
Professor Nicholas Procter has a longstanding research and clinical interest in the impact of trauma and uncertainty upon people’s lives, suicide prevention and has published widely on these topics. He is Australia’s national representative to the International Association for Suicide Prevention. With members in more than 70 countries, the IASP is the largest international organisation dedicated to suicide prevention and to the reduction of suicide-related distress. 

Associate Professor Jo Robinson, Orygen
Jo Robinson is an Associate Professor at Orygen, where she leads the suicide prevention research unit, which is regarded as the leading centre of youth suicide research in the world. 
A/Prof Robinson’s work focuses on the development, and rigorous testing, of novel interventions that specifically target at risk youth across settings, on evidence synthesis, and on the translation of research evidence into practice and policy. Her work has a strong focus on the potential of social media platforms in suicide prevention. This includes the development of the #chatsafe guidelines, the first evidence-based best practice guidelines for safe peer-peer communication about suicide online, which were recently brought to life via a national social media-based suicide prevention campaign that reached over 3 million young people. 

Guest Speaker

Kadi Fletcher, Employee Wellbeing & Health Solutions Partner, Hydro Tasmania
Experienced relationship manager with a degree in Health Science with a focus on nutrition and psychology. Striving to improve the health and wellbeing of staff through proactive preventative support with an increased focus on mental health awareness at Hydro Tasmania.
Hydro Tasmania won the 2018 Best Practice in Workplace Tasmanian LiFE Award for their program 'A New Mindset', which is an initiative to increase mental health and wellbeing knowledge and literacy, reduce stigma, encourage seeking help early and increase suicide awareness.