December 2016
Season's Greetings from the Suicide Prevention Australia team
On behalf of the team at Suicide Prevention Australia, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and contribution to SPA this year.
Through all the challenges we have faced together, the SPA team remains grateful for your commitment to collaboration, your sense of empathy and your enduring passion for life promotion.
Some of the work led by SPA that stands out for me when I look at our 2016 achievements includes:
  • An unprecedented political commitment to mental health and suicide prevention including a $12 million research fund as advocated for by SPA and its members via the National Research Action Plan for Suicide Prevention
  • National leadership in strengthening sector and Primary Health Network relationships following prevention efforts being refocused on regional delivery
  • Growing the national Lived Experience Network to double its size, prioritising diverse member voices to enable participation in advisory groups, implementation committees, program design and safe language review of resources
  • Strengthening our knowledge sharing efforts as a sector with an 11% growth in attendace at the National Suicide Prevention Conference held in Canberra earlier this year.
There is still much to do in all of these areas as we move into a new year, not least of which is development of SPA's strategy for the next three years. Some of our key deliverables coming up in 2017 include: 
  • Co-hosting the third international gathering of 'Zero Suicides in Healthcare' giving sector leaders from countries around the world a chance to collaborate on a framework to tackle the challenge of suicide across a global network
  • Testing of methodology for a Better Practice Register to assist those commissioning suicide prevention services and programs to make quality, evidenced based procurement decisions
  • Work with our Members to develop a roadmap for suicide prevention so as to support Government and other funders on their decision making and design of a national suicide prevention plan.
Lots to do!
Once again, our sincere thanks for everything you do to prevent suicide.
The SPA office will be closed from 5pm 23rd December, re-opening on Tuesday 3rd January.  We wish you all the best for the holiday season and New Year and we look forward to working with you in 2017. 
Best wishes,

National Suicide Prevention Conference News


Join us in Brisbane for the 2017 National Suicide Prevention Conference
We are delighted to confirm that the 2017 conference will be held at the Sofitel Brisbane Central, Queensland, 26 – 29 July 2017. The theme Relationships, resilience and respect: Responding to vulnerability in life is designed to bring to the fore these thematic issues in suicide prevention and how they may help or hinder implementation of initiatives at the community level.
Joining Australian experts will be international speakers:
  • Professor Ella Arensman
    Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation
    Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland
    President, International Association for Suicide Prevention
  • Professor Ad Kerkhof
    Professor of Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology and Suicide Prevention Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Kim Van Orden
    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
    University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York, USA
Submit your presentation idea
We are now accepting presentation ideas/abstracts for next year's conference. Submit your idea here.
Apply for a bursary to attend
In 2016, thanks to the generosity of sponsors and fundraisers we were honoured to be able to support more than 20 bursaries including scholarships to enable 13 delegates to join the conference from remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We hope to do the same, if not provide more bursaries in 2017. If you'd like to apply for a bursary, click here. If you would like to sponsor one or more bursaries, get in touch with the team.
Nominate a program or colleague for a LiFE Award
Last but certainly not least, we are seeking nominations for the 2017 LiFE Awards for Excellence in Suicide Prevention. Who will you nominate? We want to hear about good work being done by businesses, community organisations, media, government and individuals. It is so important that we keep learning from each other and share what is working well particularly if these lessons can be applied in other communities. Find out more here.


VIDEO: Amplifying the voice of lived experience
We are honoured to share this song by Brisbane band ROI with you on our YouTube channel, a powerful single based on a true story. It is called Maths and Engineering.
Suicide Prevention Australia is passionate about supporting people who have been impacted by suicide to be heard through our national network of lived experience. Sharing through the medium of song is such a beautiful way of hearing those voices and stories.
Thank you so much to ROI for this captivating personal piece and your passion for raising awareness.
If you'd like to support our work to help those who've been impacted by suicide to be heard in prevention efforts, please donate now to support our 2017 program. 

If watching this video brings up tough emotions for you, please reach out to trusted family members, friends or one of our partners who are there to support you.
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Kids Helpline | 1800 55 1800
MensLine Australia | 1300 78 99 78
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SPA membership opens the door for you to make a difference
SPA is a not-for-profit organisation and so members play a vital role in fulfilling our mission and ensuring representation of the diverse experiences and views of Australians. By partnering with SPA, you are showing Australia that suicide is everyone’s business and visibly helping to challenge the stigma and misconceptions around suicide.
We value all members and the contribution they make to reducing the impact of suicide. We also want to encourage the wider community to join in our efforts to halve suicide in 10 years.
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