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National Suicide Prevention Conference - Connecting culture, content and capabilities

22 July 2016

Hunter Institute of Mental Health staff are actively preparing to facilitate a range of presentations and workshops as part of this year’s National Suicide Prevention Conference in Canberra. 

Hosted by Suicide Prevention Australia, the conference titled ‘Connecting culture, context and capabilities’ is being held this Sunday 24th to Wednesday 27th July, and is a platform for the exchange of ideas to help achieve the agenda of halving suicides in Australia over the next ten years.

This year, the Hunter Institute will showcase the ongoing development and key outcomes of its Mindframe National Media Initiative and Conversations Matter programs, through five different presentations over the four day conference.

Hunter Institute staff are also excited to attend the 13th Annual LIFE Awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, with Director Jaelea Skehan set to proudly present the ‘Media Award’ category winner for 2016, which was judged and sponsored by the Hunter Institute’s Mindframe Program.

Hunter Institute Program Manager Marc Bryant, who manages Mindframe, says the LIFE Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge the work of those who are doing fantastic things in suicide prevention.

“It’s great that the Hunter Institute is involved again as an judge for this year’s LIFE awards, with a high calibre of media entries to choose from.

“Meanwhile, the team is really looking forward to the pre-conference workshop on media and lived experience, as well as presenting on the new social media guidelines for media and communication professionals,” said Marc.

Over the course of the four-day program, staff will be on hand at an exhibition booth featuring resources and information from the range of projects and programs managed by the Hunter Institute. We encourage individuals and organisations to come and say hello.

"...the team is really looking forward to the pre-conference workshop on media and lived experience, as well as presenting on the new social media guidelines for media and communication professionals.”

Marc Bryant, Program Manager, Hunter Institute of Mental Health

The Hunter Institute will be holding the following workshop and presentations at this year’s conference:

Sunday 24th July

Pre-Conference Workshop: Public Speaking and Media for Lived Experience Spokespeople and Organisations Engaging Spokespeople. 

  • Kim Borrowdale, Head of Communications, Suicide Prevention Australia
  • Marc Bryant, Program Manager (Mindframe), Hunter Institute of Mental Health
  • Kristy Platt, Senior Project Officer (Mindframe), Hunter Institute of Mental Health
  • Guest speakers: ABC Journalist Ginger Gorman and Lived Experience Speaker Peta Dampney

Monday 25th July

Concurrent session presentation: Do Australian Media Agree with Recommendations for Reporting Suicide?

  • Jaelea Skehan, Director, Hunter Institute of Mental Health 

Symposium presentation: Conversations Matter for professionals working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities (session repeated on Tuesday 26th July)

  • Marc Bryant, Program Manager, Hunter Institute of Mental Health
  • Tegan Cotterill, Acting Program Manager, Hunter Institute of Mental Health

Tuesday 26th July

Concurrent session presentation: Mindframe National Media Initiative Guidelines to Support Safe Online Discussions of Suicide, Self­-Harm and Mental Illness

  • Marc Bryant, Program Manager, Hunter Institute of Mental Health
  • Kristy Platt, Senior Project Officer Hunter Institute of Mental Health

Wednesday 27th July

Concurrent session presentation: Conversations Matter: Resources for Professionals that Work with Aboriginal Communities (NSW)

  • Jaelea Skehan, Director, Hunter Institute of Mental Health
  • Todd Heard, Aboriginal Psychologist and Conjoint Fellow of the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

For the full program and more information about the National Suicide Prevention Conference, please visit www.suicidepreventionaust.org/conferences/index.html or download the conference app www.eventmobi.com/nspc16/