Workshops bringing together regional communities to create a collaborative plan for suicide prevention action

Posted 21st August 2023 in Sector news

Everymind, in partnership with Hunter New England Local Health District, HMRI Healthy Minds Research Program and Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network, has commenced a series of strategic suicide prevention planning priority workshops in local communities to develop a collaborative plan for action.

The first workshop was held in the Manning Region on 3 August 2023 and was co-facilitated by Everymind and representatives from the partnering bodies.

Community members, including people with lived and living experience of suicide, service providers, clinicians and researchers, attended the workshop taking the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience about local needs, services and practice pressures in suicide prevention. Participants shared their understanding of existing strengths as well as capabilities that need to be developed.

The findings from the workshop are currently being compiled and, when complete, will be shared with workshop attendees and the local community. The outcomes will help set a shared agenda for local suicide prevention collaboration and inform local service planning and commissioning.

says Everymind director, Dr Jaelea Skehan OAM.

"There is lots of activity in suicide prevention, but it is not always 'joined up' or driven by a good understanding of local concerns or systems,"

"The Taree workshop drew strong attendance and enthusiasm and further highlighted the importance of working with communities to better understand the experiences and needs of local people. It was a privilege to see the participants come together and collectively discuss solutions and build on existing strengths for this region. The passion and determination for the community really stood out”.

Further workshops will be held in the Hunter and New England regions and are now open for registration. For more information see here:

Hunter region (Newcastle)

Date: Thursday, 7 September 2023


New England region (Tamworth)

Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2023


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