Celebrating Excellence in Suicide Prevention: 2013 LiFE Awards

24 July 2013

2013 LiFE AWARD WINNERS (announced 7pm Wed 24 July)

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) the peak body, is bringing together Australia’s leading researchers, practitioners, policy makers, business leaders and those with lived experience in an effort to halve the number of suicides in Australia by 2023.

In Australia two and half thousand people take their life every year and the majority of these are 30-55 year old men of working age.

Sue Murray CEO Suicide Prevention Australia said Australia is recognised as a world leader in suicide prevention and the LiFE awards acknowledge excellent efforts in suicide prevention by Australian individuals, organisations, businesses, the media and Government. 

Suicide Prevention Australia is celebrating the 10th Annual LiFE Awards being presented tonight at the Sofitel on Collins in Melbourne at the 2013 National Suicide Prevention Conference.

The Awards recognise excellence in suicide prevention across eight different categories including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Business, Communication, Community Engagement, Public Sector, Research, Service Delivery and Leadership.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award recognises a unique and creative health program, service partnership or individual that has encompassed the holistic and social view of health, e.g. physical, emotional cultural and spiritual well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities in promoting suicide prevention. Recipients are Simon Williams & Cecelia Dann from the Mental Health Carers (Arafmi) Outreach team from Broome.

The Business Award goes to OzHelp Foundation – a not for profit, community based mental health support organisation with a focus on suicide prevention in industry workplaces such as the construction industry.

The Communication Award recognises an individual or an organisation for creativity in medium or message with consideration to positive outcomes resulting from the work, and effectiveness in influencing audiences. The Communication Award goes to The Inspire Foundation – Australia’s leading youth mental health organisation. The Inspire Foundation is the organization behind ReachOut.com and provides services which aim to improve young people’s mental health and let them know that they don’t have to go through tough times alone.

The Community Engagement Award goes to The Training Duo – Chez Curnow & Vanessa Boully. This award recognises their efforts in fostering community participation in suicide prevention and increasing awareness in the community through thoughtful dissemination of information and empowering individuals to participate in local projects, such as their Suicide Intervention Workshop.

The Public Sector Award recognises the Department of Defence for raising community awareness of suicide prevention and the need for increased funding by working with the public sector with their “Provide AID, Secure LIFE” initiative.

The LiFE Award for Excellence in Research goes to Professor Brian Kelly of the University of Newcastle recognising his contribution towards increasing knowledge around suicide, suicide prevention and his combined research with best practices.

The Service Delivery Award goes to Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter for their services in community and crisis support. This award recognises the quality of service, innovation in delivery of service, and distinguishable results produced.

The Leadership and Innovation Award recognises an individual who has shown exceptional leadership and innovation towards making suicide prevention a higher national priority. This year’s award went to Jill Fisher.  Jill is the national coordinator of StandBy Response Service – an organisation providing 24 hour support for people bereaved by suicide. A true initiator of progress and positive change.