February 2016 Lived Experience Network E-Newsletter

2 February 2016
February 2016
Chair's Note
LEN Update
Get involved
In the media
Growing & Learning
Building the Network
We remember those we have lost to suicide and we acknowledge the suffering that suicide brings when it touches our lives.
Our aim is to ensure that we provide for all people a future that inspires and empowers individuals and communities, and is filled with hope and meaning.
What does a Lived Experience of Suicide mean?
SPA defines Lived Experience as someone who has experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone who has attempted suicide, been bereaved by suicide, or having been touched by suicide in some other way.
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Tell about events in your local area that are happening in March 2016
Send us an email no later than Tuesday 23 February so we can include it in the March newsletter with the subject "LEN ENEWS Contribution" to livedexp@suicidepreventionaust.org and we will endeavour to have it included.
Contact Us
Suicide Prevention Australia
GPO Box 219 Sydney NSW 2001
02 9262 1130
ABN: 64 461 352 676
ACN: 164 450 882
Support Suicide Prevention Australia by making a tax-deductible donation.
To learn more about the Lived Experience Network visit the SPA website.
Learning- a lifelong endeavour
Welcome to the February edition of the Lived Experience Network newsletter. We are really pleased to share this information with you and hope that you find some (or all) of the newsletter interesting and helpful.
One of the questions I and the members of the Lived Experience Network Leadership Group hear is 'how do I do something' to prevent another suicide. There are a lot of opportunities for people like you and me to get involved. For example, have you ever considered contributing your knowledge as a consultant? Check out the call for consultation by Mental Health Australia.
We've also learned about several great opportunities to complete an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course at reduced rates. The ASIST course is a 2-day training that includes plenty of time to practice the skills. If you are unfamiliar with the ASIST course (and several other suicide prevention related courses) visit the Livingworks website to read more.
On a personal note, I've recently recorded my lived experience story with the hope that it will, in some way, help someone who is having a particularly tough time. Nine years have passed since my son died. However, in spite of the pain and longing that we hold in our hearts, our family is stronger, more hopeful and more committed to Life than ever before. In the midst of our deepest grieving, those around us loved and supported us unconditionally and without judgement. At a time when our world seemed very small and dark and fragile, these acts of kindness, generosity and human decency reminded us of our continuing connection to Life - enabling us to rediscover our strengths, learn new ways to be, to laugh again, to make sense of the world and to give back to the Universe.
If you decide to listen to my story (or any of the other stories) you may find it reminds you of your own experiences or raises challenging emotions for you. Remember to reach out to your support network, be they friends or family members, or one of the crisis support numbers.
David Kelly
Chair, Lived Experience Network Leadership Group
ps - If you missed the SPA January eNewslttereNewsltter check it out.
Special Note: The Suicide Prevention Lived Experience Speakers Bureau now has speakers trained and ready to accept speaking engagements in most capital cities (i.e., Melbourne, Cairns, Brisbane, etc.) and some regional areas. If you have an event and would like to consider hosting a speaker, write to livedexp@suicidepreventionaust.org or call the office on 02 9262 1130 and speak with Tracy.
Voices of Lived Experience
LISTEN to stories of hope
Click to listen to David Kelly, Chair of the Lived Experience Network Leadership Group, as he shares the story 'On a clear day - Guy's story.' You can also listen to several other audio recordings including Bendan Cowell's audio.
SPA audio stories now available on iTunes! Subscribe to our channel by visiting https://itunes.apple.com/…/suicide-prevention…/id1076488619… Our podcasts will feature personal stories of lived experience of suicide, learning resources, speeches, interviews and more. If you have a suggestion for a podcast, please get in touch with us by emailing admin@suicidepreventionaust.org.
It is so important to talk openly and safely about suicide but, if listening to this triggers difficult emotions in you, please talk about how you’re feeling with a trusted family member, friend or people at one of our partner organisations. Call Lifeline on 131114, MensLine 1300 78 99 78, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline 1800 551800 FREE. Outside of Australia? Find local support http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
Get Involved
(closes 12pm AEDT 12 February)
Many of the members of the Lived Experience Network will know of the organisation Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA). MHiMA is now being managed by Mental Health Australia (MHA) and MHA is seeking your views on future directions for the Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) Project.
MHA are seeking the views of as many people as possible, and encourage you to disseminate the consultation paper through your networks. We would especially encourage people from CALD backgrounds who are either living with or caring for someone with mental illness, or who have expertise in working with CALD populations to comment. We also encourage anyone with an interest in multicultural mental health and wellbeing to provide feedback on this issue and the MHiMA Project.
A consultation paper has been released for public feedback and can be found on the MHA website. The paper presents information on the MHiMA Project, including recent Project activities and questions to assist with your feedback.
Please send your feedback with the subject line MHiMA Project consultation to info@mhaustralia.org by 12pm AEDT 12 February 2016. You can use the response form provided, or send your thoughts in an email. The questions on the response form are a guide only, if you have additional feedback you wish to provide please do so either on the form or via email. You do not need to answer all of the questions on the response form.
The Ground Truth Project needs participants
SPA members, The Black Dog Institute and Deakin University invite you to participate in a study to understand of information from blogs can help determin the mental health of the blogger community.
What am I required to do?
·Complete 9 short online surveys (18 items in each, each survey taking less than 5 minutes to answer) over 16 weeks.
They need data from a whole range of people in the community. You do not need to have a mental health problem to participate.
Visit the Black Dog Institute website to read more about this opportunity.
THE RIPPLE EFFECT - call for short 2-3 minute videos
Kevin Hines, a suicide attempt survivor who is now an inspirational speaker, is making a documentary titled "Suicide The Ripple Effect" and several Lived Experience Network members and Friends of SPA are involved in the production.
Kevin is inviting individuals with a lived experience of suicide to post a 2-3 minute video about how suicide has had an impact on your life. Remember, don't detail any methods or ways of suicide, but share your pain and stories of hope. If you have helped save a life from suicide please share such a story. Let's help people find hope together and look out for this forthcoming film.
PORT STEPHENS: Awareness Launch Event


The Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network invite the community to the Awareness Launch event on Tuesday 9th February, 7am for 7.30am start. The guest speaker is a member of the Lived Experience Network and the Suicide Prevention Lived Experience Speakers Bureau. Cost is $20 and RSVP is essential. Visit the PSSPN facebook page for more information.
Growing & Learning
CANBERRA: Free suicide intervention training


Lifeline Canberra have recently announced a new partnership with NRMA Insurance, offering complimentary suicide awareness and intervention training to the Canberra community.
For further information phone 02 6171 6300 or email training@act.lifeline.org.au or visit the website
LIFELINE HARBOUR TO HAWKESBURY NSW Telephone Crisis Support training


Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury's next training intake starts with an information evening this coming Tuesday, but there's still time to register.
See http://bit.ly/1OpUvAv for more information, and then phone us on 02-9498 8805 (weekday business hours) or email admin@lifelineh2h.org.au
MID NORTH COAST NSW: ASIST Training course 19 & 20 February


Lifeline Mid North Coast NSW are offering ASIST Training for $100 (instead of the normal $400) on 19 & 20 February 2016. For additional information please phone Lee-Ann 6581 2800 or lifematters@lifelinemidcoast.org.au
TASMANIA Lifeline: looking for Chats Program volunteers
Lifeline Tasmania's Chats Program is always looking for volunteers in the South ( 6282 1555), the North-West (6424 6547) and in the North (6334 4430). If you think you might be interested then please give us a call.
In the media
Wagga Wagga Citizen of the Year: Joe Williams
Joe Williams, a member of the Lived Experience Network, was honoured with the Wagga Wagga Citizen of the Year Award 2016 for his work in suicide prevention in the community. Take a moment and listen to Joe's acceptance speech here.
Here at SPA we are very pleased that the Wagga Wagga community have acknowledged the committment to the prevention of suicide.
Congratulations Joe!
MEDAL (OAM): Dianne Gaddin OAM
We congratulate Dianne Gaddin, a member of the Lived Experience Network, who has been honoured with a Medal (OAM) in the General Division. Dianne, over the last 10 years, has been and continues to be, very involved in lobbying for measures to reduce the suicide rate in Australia after the loss of her daughter.
3 WORDS. I NEED HELP Patrick Lawson
On Sunday 31 January, Lived Experience Network member, Patrick Lawson, was interviewed on ABC 24 News. Patrick understands how difficult it can be to tell someone you need help and he wants to share with others that say "I need help" can be liberating and life saving.
Can you help build the Lived Experience Network?

Let's work together to make the Suicide Prevention Australia Lived Experience Network vibrant, engaged and active network of thousands of Australia making a difference.

If you haven't yet completed the Friend of SPA form please do so. This will become more important as more opportunities come up and we seek consultation across specific areas. And of course, there is no cost involved.
We also hope you'll tell others about the Lived Experience Network and get everyone to become a Friend of SPA.
Visit the website for more information and to download either the Friend of SPA or the Assoicate membership forms.
Contact Us
Suicide Prevention Australia
GPO Box 219 Sydney NSW 2001
02 9262 1130
ABN: 64 461 352 676
ACN: 164 450 882
Support Suicide Prevention Australia by making a tax-deductible donation.
To learn more about the Lived Experience Network visit the SPA website.