Special Update: World Suicide Prevention Day Wrap Up

21 September 2016
September 2016
Special Update: World Suicide Prevention Day Wrap Up
As we move into the days and weeks following World Suicide Prevention Day I want to reiterate that, on the weekend, and every day we acknowledge the pain that suicide brings to our lives. We remember those we have lost and send our warmest thoughts to all those impacted by suicide.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank every individual, community group, SPA member, business and organisation who has stood up for suicide prevention as part of World Suicide Prevention Day. We saw hundreds of inspirational campaigns and events take place around the country, connecting communities for R U OK?Day and WSPD. The SPA team was lucky enough to attend a number of these and is pleased to report that there are still more events taking place this month and next to keep up the momentum of these messages.
On World Suicide Prevention Day, in partnership with the University of New England, we released the first-ever report on the exposure and impact of suicide in Australia. With more than 3000 respondents the figures are informative but it is the personal comments that provide a rich tapestry of just how much this pervades peoples’ lives and for how long. In publishing this report, we acknowledge the pain expressed, and lessons learned, from personal experience of suicide. We are also inspired by the messages of hope and resilience shared by many of these voices.
Prior to the launch, we were honoured to hear from a number of members from our national Lived Experience Network so they could share their reflections with National Mental Health Commissioner, Lucy Brogden. We heard powerful stories and personal policy priorities that we will now be taking back to the Prime Minister, Ministers and other stakeholders.
To ensure SPA Members were prepared for the launch we hosted a webinar on the report before its release. That webinar is now available on demand for all to view.
It has come to our attention that there are individuals who have found the use of the ripple effect analogy unrepresentative of their personal lived experience of suicide.
I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge this and reassure all readers that minimising your experience was absolutely not our intention. We hold thousands of Australians' lived experience of suicide in this research and are acutely aware of our responsibility to share these experiences respectfully and safely.
The ripple effect has been widely used nationally and internationally for decades, particularly in postvention/bereavement services. In preparing the report we engaged a range of individuals with diverse lived experience to give us their views at different stages of its development.
That said, we are always open to constructive feedback on how the words and images we and our members use affects those we are most passionate about supporting. The wider SPA team has taken on board some suggestions as to how we can continue to improve the ways in which we manage our lived experience advisory process.
SPA is a vehicle through which the voice of lived experience can be amplified and the whole team very much appreciates the lessons we learn along the way thanks to the candid feedback from those we are here to serve.
What we heard loud and clear from the thousands of Australian voices expressed in the research itself is that each and every one of them wants to be seen and heard by government, business, community and other individuals. Our role is to bring the issues raised to the attention of policy and other decision makers. We appreciate your suggestions as to how we can continuously improve.
Our congratulations and many thanks again to those around the world who participated in World Suicide Prevention Day. Together, we can Connect, Communicate and Care to inspire hope and positive change.
Best wishes,
The Exposure and Impact of Suicide in Australia Research Update

Launch of Exposure and Impact of Suicide in Australia Report

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA), in collaboration with the University of New England has published a groundbreaking research report, 'The Ripple Effect: Understanding the Exposure and Impact of Suicide in Australia.' This national research project highlights the far-reaching impact of suicide as a public health issue in Australia. The research is based on the input of more than 3,000 respondents from across the country who have been affected by suicide. This valuable information allows us to better understand how individuals are impacted by suicide and to inform where funds and expertise are directed in suicide prevention.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this research across Australia. We deeply value your time and contribution to help us better understand the exposure and impact of suicide in our communities.

Lived Experience Network Delegation meets with National Mental Health Commissioner

On invitation from the SPA Board and Prime Minister, National Mental Health Commissioner Lucy Brogden met with members of the Lived Experience Network to discuss the exposure and impact research report prior to its launch. Participants came from across Australia, giving us invaluable access to insights from people with diverse lived experience of suicide as well as backgrounds and geographies.
We cannot thank these people enough for making the time to travel to Sydney to sit with us and share their personal experiences, reflections on the report and suicide prevention priorities for government. These learnings will now be shared with the Prime Minister and, in due course, other Ministers and stakeholders. Many thanks to our kind afternoon tea hosts, Lendlease, for their support.

VIDEO: View On Demand Webinar Briefing on report findings

This webinar briefing (click here to watch the VIDEO), exclusive to Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) members, was held on Friday 9 September 2016 in advance of the release of the 'the Ripple Effect: Understanding Exposure and Impact of Suicide in Australia' report on World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September). Download the Report.
LISTEN: Podcast (audio only) of the webinar is also available.
The session was facilitated by SPA Deputy CEO Kim Borrowdale and featured lead researcher Associate Professor Myfanwy Maple and research team member Michelle Kwan.
The webinar running time is less than one hour. Please take care when watching as it could make for tough viewing, particularly if you have been personally impacted by suicide. If you have any questions after viewing this, please get in touch with the team anytime at admin@suicidepreventionaust.org
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