Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Suicide Prevention Groups Forum - Narrandera

Saturday 1 November 2014
9.30 am to 4.00 pm
New Criterion Hotel, 100 East Street, Narrandera

Purpose of Forum
  • Engage members of other community groups
  • Increase knowledge of Communities Matter Toolkit
  • Share ideas
  • Form networks
  • Increase skills
Presentations from
  • Alan Woodward: Executive Director - Lifeline Research Foundation
  • Sue Murray: Chief Executive Officer - Suicide Prevention Australia
  • Troy Cassidy: Networks Manager - Wesley Lifeforce Networks
RSVP by Friday 21 October to Julie Creig on 0429 344 456 or

Supported by Uniting Care NSW/ACT and Rural Adversity Mental Health Program

Monday, October 6, 2014

Can You Assist With Research into Farmer Suicide?

Incidence of suicide in Australian farmers is higher than the national average, and many factors contribute to this increased risk. The purpose of this study is to identify risk and protective factors linked to suicide in farming communities. The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), Griffith University are looking for participants to take part in a phone interview, conducted by a clinical interviewer where you would talk about your close one.
You are welcome to participate if: you are aged 18 years or over; you are next-of-kin of either a farmer who died by suicide, a farmer who died by sudden death, or a living farmer; and you would be willing to give two hours of your time to talk to us. This information will assist us in understanding the issues specific to Australian farmers who died by suicide.
If you’d like to participate or would like more information about this study, please contact Lisa Kunde on 07 3735 1144 or This research is part of a larger project, funded by the Australian Research Council, and is conducted by the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention in collaboration with the University of Newcastle and other partner organisations. We would like to assure you that your privacy will be protected at all times and any information provided will remain confidential. This study has been approved by the Griffith University Ethics Committee (Reference No CSR/08/13/HREC).

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Thumbs Up @theland

Thumbs up to The Land Newspaper for their Glove Box Guide to Mental Health. As a family who have been hit full force by the stigma (ignorance) attached to mental illness (I will never forget the day farmers turned their heads the other way when I walked into Landmark) every little bit helps.

Comments such as "he can come back but in a reduced capacity", "would be better if he was injured in a workplace accident than have depression", "he is unemployable", should never have to be heard.

The upside - life is beautiful and everyone's life is important. 
Fight for it. 
The result can be amazing. 

And I will also forever remember the people who showed kindness & compassion, even if it was just a "how are you doing".

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Join the Love Campaign and Live Your Best Life

Activewear for Women - Female For Life

Female For Life is committed to helping women feel confident and motivated about keeping healthy and fit. Life can be stressful and most of us find ourselves time limited and at the same time overwhelmed with (mis)information about how to keep healthy.

So we have made it one step easier. For the next 6 months (October 2014 until March 2015) we are going to provide you with a motivation, exercise tip or nutritional advice every day to help you make the right decisions on your health journey.

Phase 1 will focus on motivation and building confidence, because without these 2, it's fairly impossible to reach any goal. The second phase will focus on nutrition and ensuring you are getting the right vitamins, nutrients and minerals into your diet. Phase 3 will build on these positive vibes and energy levels and give you some exercise tips you can practice anywhere.

So how do I join the Love campaign?

1) Like on Facebook OR
2) Follow on Instagram OR
3) Join the newsletter and get a summary of the tips for the week

and remember to share the love :)