Lived experience speakers feature at Stop Male Suicide in NSW seminar

A number of speakers with lived experience of suicide will be speaking at the Stop Male Suicide in NSW seminar, to be held in Sydney on Tuesday 31st May.

They include Craig Curtis a suicide prevention trainer from the Mcarthur region of New South Wales; Tara Lal, a firefighter and suicide prevention trainer and Nic Newling, an R U OK? ambassador.

Craig has lived experience of suicidal thoughts. In his personal life he has faced the challenge of a serious motorcycle accident in 2004 and the death of his wife in 2013. Having previously volunteered as a Lifeline telephone counsellor, Craig now works in South Western Sydney empowering and supporting people with chronic and persistent mental illness.

Tara is a firefighter and suicide prevention trainer who has managed the psychological wellbeing program in Fire & Rescue NSW. She is currently working with researchers at UNSW and the Black Dog Institute on a program aimed at developing resilience in firefighters. Tara recently published her first book ‘Standing on my Brother’s Shoulders – Making peace with Grief and Suicide’.

Nic Newling is an outspoken advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, and sharing personal stories. Having lived through the experience of suffering with a mood disorder throughout high school and losing his brother to suicide, he has since dedicated himself to changing the way mental illness is addressed in schools, workplaces, and communities.

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