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Let’s talk about rural suicide prevention

Date: August 31, 2017

You are invited to take part in this month’s Friday Forum.

WHEN: Friday 8th September at 12 noon

WHERE: Go to 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.

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th September and R U OK? Day on the 14th September the online forum will focus on rural suicide prevention.

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 Beaton
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.

Sue Murray
Sue Murray is Chief Executive Officer at Suicide Prevention Australia. Prior to this position, Sue led the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the George Foundation for Global Health.

Susan Vaughan
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 Hazell
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.

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