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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.
Safe Parks and Reserves Survey

Safe Parks and Reserves Survey

There are approximately 580 parks and reserves in the Clarence Valley.

Council and NSW Police are continuing to improve public safety in our parks and reserves.
We’d like to know what our community think about anti-social behaviour and alcohol consumption in our parks and reserves.

Click here to head to our project page ‘Safe Parks & Reserves in the Clarence Valley’.
Please take the time to fill in our short survey to help us understand how the community is using our parks and reserves.

Lived Experience of suicide Workshop invitation- Tweed- 14–16 September 2020

Lived Experience of suicide Workshop invitation- Tweed- 14–16 September 2020

Lend Your Voice!

“An opportunity exists for you to be involved in a lived experience capacity building workshop facilitated by Roses in the Ocean which is the first step to becoming a member of a lived experience advisory group in the Northern NSW LHD. After this training there will also be the opportunity to be involved in the co-design of these Towards Zero Suicides initiatives and you will be advised by the LHD of when these opportunities are made available.”

Contact:
Amie Dutton
Towards Zero Suicide in Care Programme Coordinator | Northern NSW Local Health District
Tel 0419 693 164 [email protected]
Contactable on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday


www.health.nsw.gov.au

We understand that 2020 has been a particularly challenging time.  If you need some support, here are some options.

Suicide Call Back Service – Call 1300 659 467 24 hours 7 days: https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/

Lifeline Crisis Support 24/7– ph: 13 11 14

Lifeline Text nightly, 6pm – midnight (AEDT) m: 0477 13 11 14

Lifeline Crisis Chat, 7pm – midnight, 7 days a week: lifeline.org.au/crisischat

eheadspace  Call 1800 650 890, 9am-1am AEST / 7 days a week.

Kids Helpline  for children and young people aged 5 to 25. Call 1800 55 1800.

StandBy Support after Suicide  0417 119 298

If you or someone you are with is in need of immediate support please call an Ambulance or Police on 000.

There’s More to Say After RUOK?

There’s More to Say After RUOK?

R U OK?Day- September 10, 2020

R U OK?Day is Thursday 10 September 2020. It’s our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life’s ups and downs.

A CONVERSATION CAN CHANGE A LIFE

R U OK? inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the  people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.

You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.

Use these four steps and have a conversation that could change a life:

1. Ask R U OK?

2. Listen

3. Encourage action

4. Check in

Visit www.ruok.org.au/join-r-u-ok-day for more info

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

Richmond Tweed Regional Library Mobile Library Review

Richmond Tweed Regional Library Mobile Library Review

Richmond Tweed Regional Library wants to hear from you!

RTRL has been providing the community with outreach services through a mobile library since 1980. During that time the service has evolved to meet changing community needs and expectations.

In 2017, RTRL member Councils signed the RTRL Deed of Agreement which requires the library to review our mobile library service. To fulfil that requirement, we will be undertaking community consultation and research to inform the review.

What we are doing
We are currently undertaking a review and consultation process to ensure we are servicing the community need in the best way we can. The outcome of the process may result in changes or adjustments to the current service, or we may find that what we are currently offering best fits the need. We need your input to plan what happens next.

How can you contribute
If you would like to participate in the review process, you can complete our online survey running from August 24 to September 6. The purpose of the survey is to uncover your needs so that we can assess our service against your needs and respond accordingly. The survey can be taken online by clicking here, or by visiting any RTRL branch during opening hours.

We will be facilitating four focus groups during September and October  to seek feedback on the findings of the online survey and possible library responses. To express your interest in participating in the focus groups, please complete the online survey which has a section to leave your details. We will then contact you with further details.

What will change?
We won’t know what, if any, changes need to be made to the service until the consultation process is complete. Any changes will be communicated to the community.

How do you stay up to date with what’s happening?
This webpage will be the main source of information and updates during the consultation and review. Information will be shared on the Library and Council’s social media channels, websites and in our branches. Subscribe and follow the Library at the bottom of the page.

How will we manage your information
Information provided by you through the online survey or focus groups will be used for the purpose of evaluating your needs and the Mobile Library service. The Library does not provide your details to third parties.

Who to contact if you have questions about the process?
You can use the Library’s Contact Us page, email [email protected] or phone Support Services on 02 6625 5100 

Timeline
Online survey – August 24 through September 6
Focus groups – September through October 2020 
Service model put forward – November
Visit the RTRL website to take the survey or participate in a focus group.

World suicide prevention day- 10th September- #sockittosuicide2020

World suicide prevention day- 10th September- #sockittosuicide2020

For World Suicide Prevention Day, 10th September we are coming together to Sock it to Suicide.

This September 10, for World Suicide Prevention Day, Wellways are running a campaign to SOCK IT to SUICIDE, and we need your help.

Suicide affects many Australians with around 3046 people taking their lives each year, leaving many loved ones and communities affected by these losses.

The good news is that by working together as a community we can make a difference.

#sockittosuicide2020

From now until September 10 we want you to wear your loudest and proudest socks and share it on Instagram or Twitter using #sockittosuicide2020 and tagging @wellwaysau or by posting you photo or video of support on the Wellways Facebook page.

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

National Stroke Week (31 August to 6 September) – know and recognise the signs of stroke.

National Stroke Week (31 August to 6 September) – know and recognise the signs of stroke.

National Stroke Week is about Celebrating F.A.S.T her0es and educating more.
These are Australians who know about and recognise the F.A.S.T signs of stroke. Face…Arms…Speech…Time. 
The aim is to get the FAST message out there into the community to as many people as possible.

There are several ways that you can get involved for example:

Request a National Stroke Week Kit

Share the short video with your contacts so as many people as possible know the F.A.S.T signs.

Book a StrokeSafe speaker – zoom or face to face

Got to the website for further details of how you can become involved and help spread the word.
“Regional Australians are 19 percent more likely to experience stroke than people in our cities. Regional Australians are also more likely to die or be left with a serious disability as a result of stroke because of limited access to best-practice treatment and care — most stroke specialists are located in metropolitan areas” according to information you will find on this site.

StrokeLine (1800 787 653) – Free advice service, staffed by health professionals providing information & advice on stroke.

EnableMe – Online resource to help survivors & their families navigate the recovery journey & connect.

F.A.S.T. signs of stroke Community Education – Educating Australians to recognise & call tripe zero (000) at the first sign of stroke.

InformMe – Empowering health professionals to deliver stroke treatment & care.

New easy read tool builds good mental health

New easy read tool builds good mental health

We all go through tough times but when you have an intellectual disability, it can be even harder to recognise and pull yourself out of troubling thoughts and feelings.

Healthy Mind is a new website designed to help people with Intellectual Disability (ID) to manage unhelpful thinking, to recognise feelings, to relax and to learn to have fun.

Created by the Black Dog Institute the website is designed for people with mild to borderline intellectual disability who may also be experiencing mild to moderate depression, anxiety and/or stress. Healthy Mind can also be helpful for sustaining and building good mental health.

Healthy Mind can be accessed for free and without the need to register. It consists of five structured learning topics that apply proven strategies used by doctors and psychologists.

Healthy Mind learning topics include:

  •       Breathe and relax
  •         Managing unhelpful thinking
  •       Having more fun
  •         Taming anger
  •         Recognising Feelings

Healthy Mind can:

  •         provide treatment and support where face-to-face therapy is not available or accessible.
  •         be used in conjunction with face-to-face therapy by providing a supplementary level of support
  •        be accessed at any time providing information and skills when required.

The website can be found here: https://www.healthymind.org.au

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Wear It Purple on August 28 to support local rainbow young people

Wear It Purple on August 28 to support local rainbow young people

Celebrate safety and pride for our local rainbow young people on Wear It Purple Day, Friday August 28. Wear It Purple Day is ten years old this year and is an Australian initiative that has become a huge global event. The theme of 2020 is ‘We Are The Change’. To celebrate, the young people of headspace Tweed Heads and the Compass LGBTIQAP+ Youth Network for Tweed, Byron and the Southern Gold Coast ask you to show solidarity by posting a purple selfie or avatar on August 28 with the hashtag #ProudToWearItPurple to be in the running for a $250 worth of JB-Hifi vouchers (prizes for Best Purple Selfie and Most Supportive Message*).  Go to the headspace Tweed Heads Facebook Event Page for more info. We are the change. We are #ProudToWearItPurple.

Feel free to download and print the poster below to put up at your office or reception.

*Note: Prizes are reserved for those aged 12yo-25yo only.

Eating or body concerns? Talking helps

Eating or body concerns? Talking helps

Butterfly Foundation is urging all Australians with an eating disorder to reach out for support, regardless of their life circumstances. Recently Butterfly launched its ‘Talking Helps’ campaign to encourage the one million Australians living with an eating disorder to seek support.

Anyone, of any age, gender, culture or background can experience eating or body image concerns. Butterfly has created a new video series which shows that there are many different ways to experience an eating disorder. You’ll see that eating or body image concerns can have a serious impact on your life. However, you’re not alone, and you don’t need to do it all by yourself.

This confidential, free and professional Helpline team are available from 8am to midnight AEST, seven days a week to chat online or by calling 1800 33 4673.

Connect with others on headspace Group Chats

Connect with others on headspace Group Chats

headspace Group Chat sessions offer young people and their families and friends an opportunity to speak anonymously online to headspace mental health professionals and hear from others about a topic that will be discussed.

Group Chats run for approximately 1 hour and are hosted by mental health professionals and members of the headspace Youth National Reference Group (hY NRG) and Family and Friends Reference Group.

Anyone can view a Group Chat live chat or transcript. In order to participate, you will need to create a Group Chat profile. This requires an email address and password, and you can set up your Group Chat user name and profile picture if you wish. Your Group Chat profile will automatically save any chats you’ve participated in to your profile so you can find them easily.

Upcoming Group Chats include:

  • Recognising warning signs and learning how to support young people – 13 August
  • Coping With Social Anxiety – August 23
  • Finding motivation – September 20
  • How to have difficult conversations – September 29

If you want to participate in a Group Chat but you want to be anonymous, you can select this option once you’ve logged in. One you’re logged in you can share images and videos if you think they will be helpful for the chat or the people you’re chatting with.

Head to headspace Group Chats for more information and to create an account to join today.

Do you know someone that would benefit from additional support?

Do you know someone that would benefit from additional support?

At Baptist Care,  we offer a number of services with the aim of providing hope and support to people that are on the margins, at risk or coming out of a crisis. These services are:

Casework – Caseworkers provide practical support to clients helping them to identify goals and supporting them to achieve them. These goals can be anything that helps them get back on their feet creating new pathways forward.  We are able to provide tailored support to meet the individual needs of each client.

Work Development Orders (WDO’s) – WDO’s support people who are unable to pay their fines by helping them engage in other activities such as counselling, volunteering or education to help clear their fines.

Chaplaincy – our chaplain can provide support and a listening ear to help people as they work through the issues of life.

No Interest Loans (NILS) – Our NILS Co-ordinator can work with clients to help them secure a no interest loans for the purchase of for everyday items such as white goods, car repairs or school supplies.

HopeStreet Lismore

If you have any questions about whether the services we offer are appropriate for your clients or you would like to refer someone to us please get in touch either by phone on 0490 298 431 or by email to [email protected]

Survey: Have you lost a relative or friend through suicide in the past 12 months?

Survey: Have you lost a relative or friend through suicide in the past 12 months?

StandBy Support After Suicide service is conducting a national research project investigating how suicide bereavement impacts people’s lives, what support people need at the time of their loss, how to enhance suicide bereavement services, and how these needs might change over time.

If you have lost someone close to you through suicide in the last 12 months, please help us by completing the survey and participating in our national study. The study is being conducted by independent researchers The Science of Knowing on behalf of the StandBy Support After Suicide service.

Follow this link to complete the survey.

There is a chance that completing the survey may cause feelings of discomfort and/or distress. If you experience any distress caused by completing the survey, please contact one of the following free services:

Lifeline 131 114
Beyondblue 1300 22 4636
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

#Itest4NSW –  NSWHealth encouraging young people to get tested for COVID19

#Itest4NSW – NSWHealth encouraging young people to get tested for COVID19

Young people aged 18 – 35 years have the highest rate of COVID-19 infection. They’re busy, social people who may not be engaged with our usual communications channels.  Although most young people who get COVID-19 won’t become seriously unwell, they may easily spread it to family, friends and workmates.

It’s important that more people in this age group are tested.

NSWHealth is encouraging young people to get tested through filming and posting social media content with the hashtag #Itest4NSW answering the question “Why did you get tested?”.   NSWHealth is asking partner organisations to spread the word.

 

 

 

Outrageous Loss, Outrageous Courage – Legacies of Suicide Workshop Series

Outrageous Loss, Outrageous Courage – Legacies of Suicide Workshop Series

The workshops will be facilitated by two members of the Lismore LGBTIQ community – Anand Anderson and Beth Cronin.

StandBy – Support After Suicide will be available for support after each session.

Online: Three evening workshops Tuesdays 11, 18, & 25 August, 7 – 8.30pm.
Face to Face:Saturday 10 & 17 October, 10am – 12.30pm.

The online workshops will be delivered separately to the face to face workshops. You are welcome to attend either the
online sessions or the Face to Face, or all sessions.
Check out the Outrageous Loss, Outrageous Courage workshop series promo video

RSVP by Monday 3rd August for Online workshops.
RSVP by Monday 5th October for Face to Face workshops.

Once you have registered, one of the Facilitators will contact you and answer any further questions you may have.

Places are limited so please register here:
aconhealth.org.au/legacies-of-suicide 

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