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Towards Zero Suicide – a three-day workshop for those with a lived experience of suicide

Towards Zero Suicide – a three-day workshop for those with a lived experience of suicide

This workshop is presented by “Roses in the Ocean” –  for people who have a lived experience of suicidality (have suicidal thoughts, or close to someone who exeriences suicidal thoughts, or bereaved by someone who has died by suicide).

After the workshop you would become part of a group working with the Northern NSW Local Head District on suicide prevention projects in your community. Your perspective, from your lived experience, will inform the group.

The three-day workshop runs 26, 27, 28 November 2020 in Lismore.

To attend please call 1300411461

We understand that 2020 has been a particularly challenging time for some people and so we have provided several crisis support options below.

FREE sessions available in October on Generation Next’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub

FREE sessions available in October on Generation Next’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub

Generation Next is offering two FREE sessions as part of our Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People Online Seminar.

The sessions are available to all, free of charge for the month of October.

We hope you’ll spread the word to ensure that as many of your colleagues and friends gain practical strategies for supporting young people.

Find out more and sign up at https://pd.generationnext.com.au

A little about the sessions…

SessionNavigating Teen Mental Health Evidence-based Drug Education for Preventing Drug-related Harms
Presenter/sMs Shai Mikus, Volunteer Youth Presenter, Black Dog InstituteMs Tara Guckel, Ms Felicity Duong, Dr Kylie Routledge, Dr Smriti Nepal and Dr Lexine Stapinski, Positive Choices
SummaryParticipants will gain an insight into mental illness from a lived experience perspective; skills to recognise signs of mental illness and strategies for having a meaningful conversation if you are worried about a young person’s mental health.This presentation discusses the role school communities can play in drug and alcohol prevention, the importance of evidence-based prevention practices and offers strategies for preventing harm from alcohol and other drugs. 
Duration50 minutes60 minutes
InclusionsPDF CoursebookReflection QuizCertificate of completionPDF CoursebookReflection QuizCertificate of completion
Rural Health Seminar Series – A Framework to Evaluate and Understand Access to Healthcare in the Northern Rivers

Rural Health Seminar Series – A Framework to Evaluate and Understand Access to Healthcare in the Northern Rivers

Ensuring access to health services is widely accepted as key to improving health outcomes. Like other rural communities, people living in Northern NSW have poorer access to and use of health services compared to people living in urban areas. This is amplified for minority and disadvantaged groups in our community.

Measuring access to care and identifying dimensions of access is challenging. In this seminar we will discuss how access is conceptualised in relation to a framework that integrates demand and supply side dimensions of access to care. This interactive seminar will be useful for anyone interested in improving access to care, through program implementation, evaluation, reflection or research.

Presented by Ross Bailie and Jodie Bailie

To register: Zoom registration link

Win prizes just for riding a bike! Biketober Business Challenge!

Win prizes just for riding a bike! Biketober Business Challenge!

There’s never been a better time to enjoy riding bike! The Biketober Business Challenge runs throughout October and we’d like to invite you all to take part.

It’s a fun, free competition where we’re competing to see which workplace can get the most staff to try cycling. There are loads of prizes that you can win by riding and encouraging friends and colleagues.

Riding a bike is a good way to ensure you are getting enough daily physical activity, boost your mood and your immune system and an easy and fun way to travel from A to B while avoiding crowds.

If you haven’t ridden in years, don’t worry! You only have to ride a bike for 10 minutes for your participation to count towards our team’s score. Ride anywhere, anytime during the Challenge (doesn’t have to be a trip to work!).

If you already ride – you already know how enjoyable riding is and how good it makes you feel. So, here’s your chance to get your workmates to experience how easy and enjoyable riding can be.

Get involved, it only takes 30 seconds to register. Go to lovetoride.net/NSW, click ‘Register’ at the top of the page!  

Give it a go and pedal your way to victory!

ACON Health Centre Community Survey

ACON Health Centre Community Survey

ACON is exploring options for a Health Centre that would provide specialist health care for people in our communities. 

We want to make sure that people in our communities are at the heart of this service. We want to ensure that no matter where you live in NSW you can access this service through in-person appointments or via telehealth. 

We’d like to hear from you, share your thoughts on what good health care looks like for you.  

Click on the full link below to have your say in the design of the potential Health Centre.

https://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5610745/ACON-Health-Centre-Survey

The survey will take about 10 mins to complete and we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to pass the survey on to your networks as well. 

Heartfelt House: Pathways to Healing (for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse)

Heartfelt House: Pathways to Healing (for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse)

An eight-week group program for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse which will focus on the following themes: 

Getting to know each other and laying foundations
Neuroscience – connecting brain and body
Grounding ourselves
Mapping and navigating our nervous system
Exploring connections and relationships
Self-compassion and self-care

Wednesdays 12.30 – 2.30pm commencing 21 October 2020
Facilitators: Beth Cronin and Sue Partridge (social workers)
Cost: $50-150 depending on what you can contribute (payment arrangements available)

Due to Covid-19 groups will have a maximum of 6 participants.
To book or for further information please contact us on 0432 889 665 and at  [email protected]

Heartfelt house is a small specialist service providing group work programs to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We are based on beautiful grounds allowing us to incorporate nature into our healing-centred approach.

 

Support Services that may relate to this post

Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT). Expression of interest

Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT). Expression of interest

The new suicide prevention initiatives will be coming to our area, one of which is the Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT).  A company called Inside Out, which specialises in working with people with a Lived Experience of Suicide, has been contracted to support the LHD in the co-design of the new SPOT team.  The co-design team will consist of equal part Lived Experience Consultants and Service Providers.

We are looking for 6 people with a Lived Experience of Suicide to be part of the co-design process and would be very grateful if you could share the attached flyer as widely as possible amongst your networks, or with people who you think may be interested.  The co-design will commence on Wednesday 7th October.  Apologies that there is not as much notice as we would have liked but we have only recently been able to lock in dates.

We understand that 2020 has been a particularly challenging time for some people and so we have provided several crisis support options below.

Draft NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy 2020-25: Virtual consultation opportunities on now

Draft NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy 2020-25: Virtual consultation opportunities on now

NSW Health is inviting Aboriginal community members, Aboriginal Medical Services and NSW Health Staff to participate in virtual consultations on the Draft NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy 2020-2025.

Consultation sessions are being held between 24 September and 7 October 2020. These will include scheduled group sessions and you can request a group or individual session by phone or video at a time that suits you. Please see the flyer attached to this news post for contact details and further information.

Footprints 2 Wellbeing program

Footprints 2 Wellbeing program

The program caters for anyone over the age of 12 years who is suffering from mental health issues and could benefit from individualised case management support. We help with education, training and employment, housing, developing a healthy lifestyle and living skills, social skills, and improving on client-identified areas of need, whilst providing emotional support and someone to talk to.

The program was developed by The Buttery and there is an online referral document on their website, but it is easiest just to make contact with us directly and we can link the client in.

The program is originally meant to run for 12 weeks for each client but we work with people from where they are at, and until they are empowered enough to no longer require our support (which is usually much longer than this).

Our service is targeted at Indigenous people but this program is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons.

Unfortunately people who are currently registered with  the NDIS are not eligible to be involved in the program, but we assist with NDIS applications.

For more information regarding the program call Rekindling the Spirit 02 6622 5534

#7tips7days headspace Day Challenge!

#7tips7days headspace Day Challenge!

Introducing the #7tips7days challenge with $700 in prizes up for grabs!

This October, headspace Lismore is challenging young people to get involved by submitting a photo or video of themselves

Starting Monday 12 October, young people (aged 12-25 years) are encouraged to get involved by sharing a photo or video of themselves bringing to life each of the 7 tips for a healthy headspace:

1. get into life – Mon 12 Oct

2. learn skills for tough times – Tue 13 Oct

3. create connections – Wed 14 Oct

4. eat well – Thu 15 Oct

5. stay active – Fri 16 Oct

6. get enough sleep – Mon 19 Oct

7. cut back on alcohol and other drugs – Tue 20 Oct

To learn more about the 7 tips and to get some ideas of what to do check out this link.

How to enter:

For your chance to win one of seven $100 vouchers, post a picture or video of yourself bringing to life each of the 7 tips on Facebook or Instagram, tag @headspaceLismore and use the #7tips7days hashtag. If you don’t have social media, no stress, just EMAIL your submission to [email protected]

Follow us @headspaceLismore on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the challenge, and be the first to know if YOU are a winner this headspace Day!

Winners announced Wednesday 21 October, 2020.

Link to full Terms and Conditions

Biketober business challenge

Biketober business challenge

During the Covid-19 lockdown, when exercise was one of the few reasons you were allowed out, people around the world suddenly discovered walking, running and cycling.

Well, here’s a way to keep up those new fitness habits. Register for the Biketober Business Challenge, a Get Healthy at Work initiative. If you sign up for this free workplace challenge in October you can boost your fitness, do some team building with your workmates, and be in the draw for great prizes. The aim of Biketober is to get more people on bikes to spread the joy and benefits of cycling. Not only is cycling a cheap way of getting from A to B, it can also help:

  • Prevent the decline in your immune system
  • Boost your mental health
  • Reduce stress and anxiety

We could all use these benefits this year!

Biketober is simple and easy. You don’t have to ride to work or ride your bike every day. All you have to do is ride a bike for at least ten minutes during October, and you’ll be in the running for great prizes including bicycles and restaurant vouchers. Of course, the more cycling you do, the greater the health benefits.

If you already ride a bike, here’s your chance to help your workmates discover how easy and enjoyable it can be. You and your colleagues can compete against other workplace teams to see who can get the most staff to try cycling during October.

Details here:  https://www.lovetoride.net/nsw

Happy Biketober!

Health Centre Survey

Health Centre Survey

ACON is exploring options for a Health Centre that would provide specialist health care for people in our communities.

We want to make sure that people in our communities are at the heart of this service. We want to ensure that no matter where you live in NSW you can access this service through in-person appointments or via telehealth.

We’d like to hear from you, share your thoughts on what good health care looks like for you.

Click here (or on the full link below) to have your say in the design of the potential Health Centre.

Get Ready for bushfires this weekend

Get Ready for bushfires this weekend

Lismore City Council is encouraging families, friends and neighbours to use the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready Weekend this weekend to prepare for bushfire season and start a broader conversation about being aware of and prepared for all hazards.

“The 2019/20 bushfire season was devastating across the North Coast and much of Australia. It was a stark reminder of the danger of fire. It was also a reminder of the importance of being prepared and having a plan,” Lismore City Mayor Isaac Smith said.

“In the lead up to our next fire season, with the previous one in the not so distant past and the impacts still being felt across NSW, communities are understandably keen to know more about getting ready.

“To support early planning and preparation, NSW RFS will once again host their annual Get Ready Weekend on 19/20 September, in person and onlilne. Please follow your local RFS brigade’s Facebook page for information as it becomes available. You can also visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for more information.”

Commissioner of Resilience NSW, Shane Fitzsimmons encouaged everyone to have a conversation around being prepared for an emergency, whatever the hazard may be.

“Each year, communities across NSW may experience bushfires, home fires, floods, storms, heatwaves, power outages and other emergencies,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“This year alone has been on  of unparalleled emergencies. Community across NSW were first impacted by drought, bushire, then storm and flood, an now pandemic – all in quick succession. This has highlighted how important it is to be prepared for all hazards.

“Our emergency service organisations do an incredible job keeping us safe, but they can only do so much. Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility.”

Get Ready in five simple steps:
 

Lismore City Council is encouraging families, friends and neighbours to use the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready Weekend this weekend to prepare for bushfire season and start a broader conversation about being aware of and prepared for all hazards.

“The 2019/20 bushfire season was devastating across the North Coast and much of Australia. It was a stark reminder of the danger of fire. It was also a reminder of the importance of being prepared and having a plan,” Lismore City Mayor Isaac Smith said.

“In the lead up to our next fire season, with the previous one in the not so distant past and the impacts still being felt across NSW, communities are understandably keen to know more about getting ready.

“To support early planning and preparation, NSW RFS will once again host their annual Get Ready Weekend on 19/20 September, in person and onlilne. Please follow your local RFS brigade’s Facebook page for information as it becomes available. You can also visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for more information.”

Commissioner of Resilience NSW, Shane Fitzsimmons encouaged everyone to have a conversation around being prepared for an emergency, whatever the hazard may be.

“Each year, communities across NSW may experience bushfires, home fires, floods, storms, heatwaves, power outages and other emergencies,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“This year alone has been on  of unparalleled emergencies. Community across NSW were first impacted by drought, bushire, then storm and flood, an now pandemic – all in quick succession. This has highlighted how important it is to be prepared for all hazards.

“Our emergency service organisations do an incredible job keeping us safe, but they can only do so much. Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility.”

Get Ready in five simple steps:
 

  1. Know your risk – think about the area you’re in and the types of disasters that could affect you;
  2. Plan now for what you will do – sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area;
  3. Get your home ready – prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance coverage;
  4. Be aware – find out how to prepare, what to do if there is a disaster in your area and connect with NSW emergency services to stay informed; 
  5. Look out for each other – share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.