Good SPACE (formerly Farm-Link)
SPACE: Suicide Prevention through Awareness, Courage & Empathy
Helping people choose life
What is Good SPACE?
Good SPACE (GS) (formerly known as Farm-Link) is a Suicide Prevention Project that aims to prevent suicide through community and clinical education. The project, supported by Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network (PHN) also helps link people to services appropriate to their needs.
Formally known as the Farm-Link Project, Good SPACE was established in 2007 in response to the high suicide rates among farmers. Since its inception, the project has focused on farmer suicide, providing community workshops to frontline agricultural workers, as well as the farming community.
Good SPACE aims to increase AWARENESS about why people die by suicide, what leads a person into that space, and what we can all do to be in a good space.
We provide practical suggestions to help individuals personally so they can have the COURAGE to make choices to keep themselves in a good space and the COURAGE to have a conversation about suicide with a person they are concerned about.
We encourage EMPATHY to reduce the stigma surrounding suicide, acknowledging suicide as a real human condition that can be dramatically reduced by care, concern and listening to the pain of another.
Through AWARENESS, COURAGE and EMPATHY a person can be helped to choose life, to make better choices and to re-discover hope. We believe this (along with encouraging help-seeking) will contribute to the prevention of suicide.
As Viktor E. Frankl, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry and Auschwitz Concentration Camp Survivor said:
Between stimulus (what is happening to us) and response (what we do about it) there is a SPACE. In that SPACE is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Helping people choose life.