July 2016 Lived Experience Network E-Newsletter

5 July 2016
July 2016
 
 
     
    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 us about events in your local area! Send us the event details well in advance of your event date and we'll endeavour to include it in the eNewsletter.
    The subject for your email should be "LEN ENEWS Contribution" to livedexp@suicidepreventionaust.org
     
     
    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.
     
    Welcome to the July edition of the Lived Experience Network newsletter.
     
    Here in the office of Suicide Prevention Australia the team is working on several different projects including the upcoming National Suicide Prevention Conference, pre-planning for World Suicide Prevention Day and starting to review the past financial year. As for the Lived Experience Network, we're mapping out the year so you'll receive opportunities that are meaningful and relevant to you. Watch this space!
     
    Are you keen to reconnect with a family member or friend (anywhere in Australia)? If yes, this might be for you! Our friends at R U OK? are looking for a male who is ideally over the age of 45 who would like to reconnect with a long-lost family member or friend.
    Why? Because R U OK? in the business of helping people and creating stronger connections between people.
    How? R U OK? cover all the costs (such as flights and accommodation) and plan the reunion with you. You just need to convince nthe team at R U OK? that you are sincere and this reunion will be life-changing.
    What do you have to do?
    1. In 250 words explain why you want to reconnect with your family or friend.
    2. Be prepared to have the reunion filmed and shared as part of the R U OK? TV ad campaign.
    3. Email it to R U OK?: hello@ruok.org.au
    Be sure to send the email to hello@ruok.org.au by Friday 07 July. Click here to learn more.
     
    Have you taken part in the national research project investigating the exposure to, and impact of, suicide in Australia? If not, there is still time. SPA, in collaboration with the University of New England (UNE), is conducting this research to gain a clearer understanding of the magnitude of suicide in Australia and the impact it has on individuals affected by suicide.
     
    The survey is anonymous and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Click here to complete the survey. To learn a bit more scroll down for the full story.
     
    Take care and if you have any feedback please write to us at livedexp@suicidepreventionaust.org
     
    Tracy McCown
    Manager, Lived Experience Network
     
     
     
     
    Secure a Speaker for Your Event
    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 complete the online application or write to livedexp@suicidepreventionaust.org or call the office on 02 9262 1130 and speak with Tracy.
     
    Pictured: Alannah McGregor speaking at the CMN Suicide Prevention Forum, Melbourne, February 2016
     
     
    Public Speaking and Media for Lived Experience Spokespeople & Organisations Engaging Spokespeople
    A Workshop presented by SPA and Mindframe National Media Initiative
    Date: Sunday 24 July 2016
    Location: Hotel Realm, Canberra ACT
    Time:Time: 10.30am - 1.00pm
    Cost: $100 + GST
     
    Mindframe and SPA have identified a need for more detailed resources for:
    • The media about safely interviewing people with lived experience of suicide and/or mental illness
    • People with lived experience of suicide and/or mental illness about working with the media and public speaking
    • Mental health and suicide prevention organisations on supporting people lived experience of suicide and/or mental illness about working with the media and speaking in public forums
    This workshop will give you the opportunity to give feedback on the resources and discuss how to put this into practice.
    Learn more and come along!
     
     
     
    Canberra Community Event: Lived Experience Session & Reflection Ceremony
    Theatrical performance of "Out of the Blue"
    Date: Sunday 24 July
     
     
     
    Location: Hotel Realm, Canberra
     
     
     
    Time: 2.30pm - 5.00pm (including afternoon tea)
     
     
     
    Cost: $25 (inclusive of GST)
     
     
     
    Community members are invited to attend a performance of “Out of the Blue", a play that explores male suicide in rural Australia. After the performance there will be a forum to explore how different individuals in different settings and places can learn from and support each other.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The Reflection Ceremony is a supportive opportunity to consider all aspects of our lives –past and present – surrounded by others who also have a lived experience of suicide.
     
    Learn more by visiting the conference website.
     
     
     
    Get Involved: Researchers seeking participants
     
     
    Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) invites you to take part in a national research project investigating the exposure to, and impact of, suicide in Australia.
     
    SPA in collaboration with the University of New England is conducting this research to gain a clearer understanding of the magnitude of suicide in Australia and the impact it has on individuals affected by suicide.
     
    The survey is anonymous and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Click here to complete the survey.
     
    By completing this survey and sharing it with your personal and professional networks, you are contributing to a positive ripple effect of change that will help inform future suicide prevention programs and initiatives.
     
    Preliminary data will be presented at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in July 2016, with final results published on World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2016.
     
    To ensure you receive a copy of the final results, be sure to provide your contact information at the conclusion of the survey. Please note: this will be an externally hosted site and your contact details will not be linked back to the survey.
     
    This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval number HE16-030, Valid to 29/03/2017).
     
    Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work - scholarship funding available (NSW)
    The Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work presents a unique opportunity for you, as a consumer or carer peer worker, to build on your lived and professional experience and gain a nationally recognised qualification. The Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work Qualification commences 1st September 2016. Scholarship funding is available for LHD Peer Workforce. Places are limited. Applications close 16 July 2016.
     
     
    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 donationdonation.
    To learn more about the Lived Experience Network visit the SPA website.