You are invited to take part in this month's online Friday Forum!

Author: Kate Schwager/Wednesday, September 02, 2015/Categories: Boggabri, Narrabri, Wee Waa, Health

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You are invited to take part in this month's online Friday Forum!
The LandandRAMHPhave partnered to get more people talking about mental health. Join us on the 11th September to talk about important mental health issues.

When: Friday 11th September at 12 noon

Where: Go toThe Land websiteon the day and follow the links on the homepage

There is ongoing concern about mental health and suicide in rural and remote NSW.
Life can be tough and problems can seem overwhelming at times. It can be very difficult to know what to do and how to cope but there is help available.

To markWorld Suicide Prevention DayandR U OK? Dayon the 10th of September, this month's online forum will focus on mental health and suicide.

Our expert panel are ready to answer your questions about a number of important issues, including:
  • preventing suicide and providing support in tough times
  • how to tell ifsomeone is thinking about suicide and what to do about it
  • how to have a difficult conversation
  • how to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, and
  • understanding what it is like to be bereaved by suicide.

Fiona Livingstone
Fiona is a Senior Project Officer withFarm-Linkand has worked on the projectsince early 2013. Having spent 10 years on a farm and married to a farmer, Fiona understands the unique pressures that are faced by the farming community.Having lived and worked in rural communities her entire life, Fiona is passionate about the mental well-being of people in rural and remote communities.

Justin is part of theSuicide Prevention AustraliaLived Experience Speakers Bureau.Having his own battles with bipolar and depression, Justin is passionate about starting conversations with men in regards to mental health and suicide prevention. He is now working as a Community Rehabilitation Support Worker (CRSW) with the company Neami National.

Alice Munro
Alice is a rural social worker with 7 years of experience in mental health and drug and alcohol across Western NSW. Alice works atPsychological Solutionsin Orange and sees clients from across the lifespan with a range of issues including grief and loss, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, substance abuse, addiction and chronic stress. Thoughts of suicide and self-harm is therefore a common symptom that Alice's client's seek help for and something Alice is committed to working through with them, having had both personal and professional experiences of how suicide can affect a family and a rural community.

Niall Mulligan
Niall is manager ofLifeline Northern Rivers’suicide prevention and crisis support services. Working towards Lifeline’s vision of an Australia that is free of suicide, Lifeline Northern Rivers’seventy five Lismore based volunteers have answered almost 16000 crisis calls to Lifeline Australia’s 13 11 14 crisis support line during the past 12 months. Lifeline Northern Rivers also offers community training in suicide intervention and prevention.

Do you have a question for our panel? You can ask on the day orsubmityour questions ahead of time. We'd also appreciate feedback about your forum experience, which you can leave anonymouslyhere.

Don' forget to join us on the first Friday of every month. Find out about upcoming forums and read previous forumshere.

We hope you can join us!
Please pass this invitation on to others in your network.
If you need help contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the NSW Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511.
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