Let’s talk about rural suicide prevention
You are invited to take part in this month’s Friday Forum.
WHEN: Friday 8th September at 12 noon
WHERE: Go to www.theland.com.au on the day and follow the links.
There is ongoing concern about mental health and suicide in rural and remote NSW.
In every state in Australia, the rate of suicide among those who live outside the greater capital cities is higher than that for residents that live within them, and the rate has risen much higher in rural areas over the period 2011-2015.
Our expert panel are ready to answer your questions about a number of important issues, including:
- preventing suicide and providing support in tough times
- how to tell if someone is thinking about suicide and what to do about it
- how to have a difficult conversation
- how to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, and
- understanding what it is like to be bereaved by suicide.
Susan grew up on a property outside of Cowra. She is a psychologist with 30 years experience working in the Suicide Prevention field, currently as a consultant. Susan has been national advisor to beyondblue and Lifeline’s National Office.
Susan led StandBy Support After Suicide across the Far North Queensland Region and is now National Partnership Coordinator assisting partner agencies to deliver postvention support to rural and remote communities across Australia.
Trevor has been working in the field of suicide prevention for the past 20 years, and now manages the suicide prevention programs at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.