The unacceptably high rate of male suicide in Australia will be one of the key issues discussed at a national men’s health conference to be held in Sydney in four weeks time.
With male suicide now claiming six lives a day and costing the economy an estimated $13.75B a year, some of the country’s leading voices in the fight against suicide will come together to discuss what action we can take to prevent male suicide in Australia.
On day one of the NEW MALE: National Men’s Health Conference (2nd-3rd March 2017), Glen Poole of the Stop Male Suicide project will chair a panel discussion featuring:
- Pete Shmigel, CEO of Lifeline, the national suicide prevention charity;
- Gus Worland, presenter of ABC’s Man Up initiative;
- Dr Kairi Kõlves, Principal Research Fellow and Course Convener at the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), Griffith University;
- Owen Connolly, a nurse practitioner who developed and implement Latrobe Regional Hospital’s suicide prevention service in Gippsland.
This two-hour session will be followed by a choice of four, one-hour workshops, led by specialists working with specific groups of men, including:
- Andrew Little, Deputy Executive Director of the National LGBTI Health Alliance leading a session on LGBTI Suicide Prevention & Mental Health;
- Stuart McMinn of the Interrelate Family Centre, leading a yarning session on male suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
- Darrin Lincoln, the NSW Reintegration Manager at Solider On Australia, with a session on the importance of working with ex-service men;
- Phil Chapman of the Male Room in Nelson, discussing his research, resourced by the Royal New Zealand Families Commission, into the experiences of separated fathers, one of the high risk groups for male suicide.
On day two of the NEW MALE: National Men’s Health Conference, while the focus of the conversationa shifts beyond male suicide, there are a number of speakers who will be of interest to anyone concerned about male suicide prevention, including:
- Professor John Macdonald, lead author of the Men’s Health Information Resource Centre’s seminal research paper: Pathways to Despair: The Social Determinants of male suicide;
- Professor Jane Pirkis, Director of the Centre for Mental Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, who has undertaken numerous studies on men’s health and suicide prevention and played a lead role in developing ABC’s Man Up series on male suicide.
- Joe Williams, the NRL player and boxing pro who has become and international advocate for mental health and suicide prevention through his charity The Enemy Within;
- James Greenshields, former army officer and fouder of the Resilient Leaders Foundation, whichruns “Put Your Hand Up” workshops for men across Australia.
In addition to the main conference, Glen Poole of the Stop Male Suicide project will deliver a pre-conference male suicide prevention workshop on Wednesday 1st March. Anyone attending the conference can purchase a ticket to this training day at a special delegate rate, direct from the conference organisers. If you are not a conference delegate, you can purchase a full-price ticket to the training day using the links below:
- Book your place at the NEW MALE: National Men’s Health Conference here
- Book your place at the Male Suicide Prevention training here
RECOMMENDED POSTS FROM STOP MALE SUICIDE:
- The Stop Male Suicide Annual Review (2016)
- Reserve a free place at one of our 2017 Stop Male Suicide Seminars
- Report: the need for male-friendly approaches to suicide prevention (Australian Men’s Health Forum)
- Book: How You Can Stop Male Suicide in 7 Simple Steps