The Stop Male Suicide project is currently in Tasmania where we will be hosting two events in March and April:
- Stop Male Suicide in Tasmania Seminar (Hobart, Tuesday 21st March 2017)
- Male Suicide Prevention Training (Campbell Town, Friday 7th April 2017)
Suicide kills six men a day in Australia (and around six men a month in Tasmania). If we closed the gender suicide gap in Australia and reduced the rate of male suicide to the same rate as female suicide, we’d save the lives of four men a day in Australia and more than fifteen hundred men a year.
In Tasmania, suicide kills around six men a month and costs the economy at estimated $402M. Men and boys in Tasmania are nearly four times more likely to take their own lives than women and girls.
If you know someone in Tasmania who is concerned about this issue, then please let them know about our training day or invite them to join us for the free one day seminar in Hobart on Tuesday 21st March, which includes the following speakers:
- 9.30am: Glen Poole, author of the book You Can Stop Male Suicide and founder of the Stop Male Suicide project
- 10.00am: Tim Eldridge, who will share his lived experience of suicide
- 10.15am-10.45am: Julian Northmore, Support Worker with the Partners In Recovery program at Relationships Australia, who lost his brother to suicide.
- 11.15am: John Clark, Rural Alive and Well Tasmania Inc, sharing “Things I learned from wanting to kill myself”
- 11.45am: Andrew Badcock, MINDOUT! Mental Health Project Worker, Working It Out, which supports people negotiating their gender, sexuality and/or intersex status in Tasmania.
- 12noon-12.30pm: James Fowles, Senior Manager (Development and Innovation) at On the Line which runs MensLine Australia, the Suicide Call Back Service and SuicideLine Victoria.
- 1.15pm: Mark Watterson, Karadi Aboriginal Corporation, an ambassador for R U OK? who draws on his personal experience of suicidality to inform his work with Aboriginal youth and will give a talk called “Everyone has a story”.
- 1.35pm: Mitch McPherson of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, who joins us live from a sponsored run from Burnie to Hobart
- 1.45pm: Bob Walker, DIY Dads Program, Hobart City Mission
- 2.00pm-2.30pm: Doug Vautier, CEO of the OzHelp Tasmania, which works to develop supported and resilient workplaces where suicide is not an option, by provided training to increase suicide alertness and awareness and prevent suicide, who will deliver a presentation called: Working with Men – ‘A New Mindset’
- 3.00pm-3.15pm: Jonathan Bedloe of Men’s Resources Tasmania, our lead partner helping to deliver this event.
- 3.15pm-3.30pm: Thir Thap of The Migrant Resoure Centre on some of the issues faced by CALD communities
- 3.30pm-4.00pm: Peter Stolp of Lifeline Tasmania talking about the types of issues male callers present with