This edition of the Lived Experience Network is big, simply because there is so much going on!
First off, we congratulate Michelle Armstrong, from northern QLD, winner of the Android tablet for her feedback on our Your Voice – Strengthening the Lived Experience Network survey. Check out the short video as our friend, Sara, from Redback Conferencing, had the honour of drawing the winner’s name.
I’ve recently attended several events that were both exciting and inspirational. Here’s a quick synopsis.
Alternatives to Suicide Peer Support Groups – Perth WA
From 20 to 23 February I had the absolute honour of meeting Lisa and Caroline, from Boston, Massachusetts (USA). Lisa and Caroline delivered a series of forums with different groups including the general community (350 people), those who work in the sector, and local Aboriginal Elders. There was so much interest from everyone present and we all left the forum both inspired and eager to learn more.
On Monday and Tuesday, 27 and 28 February 2017 I attended a Leadership Exchange hosted by Dr Roderick McKay, Director Psychiatry Mental Health Programs, Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) at the HETI Parramatta Campus. The focus was ‘Working with older people to make recovery real in later life’ and our group had some robust and very informative discussions. I was joined by Kate Jackson (Manager, Older People’s Mental Health Policy Unit, NSW Ministry for Health), Andrew Webster (Clinical Psychologist/Team Leader, Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People, Central Coast Local Health District), Khushboo Baheti (Psychiatry Registrar, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountain Local Health District), Lynne Lane (Managing Director, Zygal International Ltd training as Affordable Healthcare, New Zealand) and Robyn Shearer (CEO, Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui, New Zealand). It was great to hear from our New Zealand colleague’s about the programs and services they are delivering and practical discussons from here in NSW. The two days were very engaging and everyone was very keen to share and learn from each other and to progress the need to continuously improve the care and support our older community members deserve.
Launch event for Neighbour Day 2017
Representing SPA, I attended the launch event of Neighbour Day 2017 at the Bidwell Community Garden & Nursery, NSW. It was a fantastic day, hosted by Relationships Australia. Despite the rain the launch was very well attended by community members and a few special guests including Event Ambassador, Natalie Ahmet from NITV and Costa from Gardening Australia.
Neighbour Day is a fantastic way for individuals and groups to reach out to the local community. You can download the Neighbour Day e-kit for ideas and practical tools.
Before departing the event I had a chance to speak with Alison Brook, the National Executive Officer of Relationships Australia who shares a bit more about Neighbour Day and how it started. Check out the audio recording and start planning your community event for Neighbour Day on Sunday, 26 March 2017.
Lived Experience Network Online Consultation
The purpose of this survey is to gather information from your own experiences as they relate to the Guiding Principles for the Inclusion of Lived Experience in suicide prevention activities.
Your comments will directly contribute to a new, short document that will give organisations meaningful guidance and inspiration to engage people who have a lived experience of suicide. This would cover the development and review of programs, services and policies as well the development of research and evaluation. Essentially, it will be a ‘Beginners Guide’ to the meaningful inclusion of the expertise and wisdom of people who identify as having a lived experience of suicide.
There are eight (8) guiding principles. You may choose to comment on all or some of the principles.
Settle in for a thorough read below, perhaps with your calendar at hand as there are a lot of opportunities to get involved in.
Take care everyone. Check in with yourself and focus on your day to day activities that support your own wellbeing.
Manager, Lived Experience Network
02 9262 1130
All conferences offer the opportunity for individuals to submit their presentation idea (an abstract) with specific guidelines and submission dates.
National Indigenous Mental Health & Wellbeing Forum, 13-15 February 2017, Perth
TheMHS Summer Forum, 23-24 February 2017, Sydney
The 5th Australian Postvention Conference, 23-25 March 2017, Sydney
Gippsland Health Summit, 24 – 25 March 2017, Sale VIC
Workplace Mental Health Conference, Mates in Construction, 31 March, Sydney
14th World Rural Health Conference, 29 April – 3 May 2017, Cairns QLD
WA Mental Health Conference, 13-14 July 2017, Perth WA
National Suicide Prevention Conference, 26 – 29 July 2017, Brisbane QLD
TheMHS Learning Network, Annual Conference, 29 August – 1 September 2017, Sydney NSW