What's on

Peer Support after Suicide nights - click here for 2018 Calendar


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training -

Aimed at parents, teachers, carers and other interested community members. The course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common mental health problems in young people and some crisis associated with these. Courses are run through Macedon Ranges Live4Life initiative and can found here (scroll down to middle of page).

What's been on

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On Monday 11 December, members of MRSPAG and Council officers welcomed Tony and Liane Drummond to Kyneton.  Liane and Tony are walking around Australia to draw attention to suicide and mental health after losing her son to suicide.

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MRSPAG Peer Support After Suicide Group members welcome Tony and Liane

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Creative Arts Therapy session @ Peer Support After Suicide 11 December meeting

Marita Jacobsson worked with participants to create a group creative arts piece. 

Arts therapy is a form of counselling using the arts in varying forms to create and make meaning.  It can be especially helpful when words are hard to find and express.  No prior arts experience is necessary - the emphasis is on the process rather than the final product. 

Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Walk, 2017

More than 200 people walked in Woodend on Sunday 10 September, World Suicide Prevention Day, to raise awareness of suicide prevention. Hosted by Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Action Group, for the first time the Walk route included the High Street service road.
 
The Walk was an opportunity to remember those lost to suicide, their families and friends; and to acknowledge those who have attempted suicide and those with suicidal thoughts.

‘Take a Minute, Change a Life’ was the theme of this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day and Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Walk. 

Suicide Prevention Australia CEO Sue Murray said: “Evidence tells us that stigmatising attitudes result in people being less likely to get help or give help. If we don’t speak up about persistent stigma, we are at risk of perpetuating a society where we remain reluctant to reach out for help for ourselves or others.”

This year’s theme highlights the importance of speaking up, taking the time, and listening. 

It also complements the efforts of R U OK? a suicide prevention charity who encourage people to take the time to notice what’s going on with family, friends and colleagues – and oneself. It is about taking time to have those conversations when you notice something has changed and equipping yourself to help yourself and others. 

MRSPAG would like to thank Altus Traffic, Gisborne Rotary, Innisfree, Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee, Macedon Ranges Health, Macedon Ranges Signs, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, VicRoads and Woodend Rotary for helping make this event possible. 

MRSPAG Suicide Prevention Forum, 2017

More than 50 people joined a forum hosted by MRSPAG in Woodend on 28 June 2017 to explore ways the community can work together to prevent suicide in the Macedon Ranges.

 Noelene Ward, speaking at the forum. Image: Pauline Neil

Noelene Ward, speaking at the forum. Image: Pauline Neil

The forum began with two speakers who have lived experience of suicide – MRSPAG Deputy Chair Noelene Ward shared her moving story of losing her son to suicide and Andrew Rogers spoke openly about his lived experience as a suicide attempt survivor.

Both speakers highlighted that as a society, Australia does not deal well with the issue of suicide or understand the extent to which the community could support people with mental illness.  Talking about suicide and suicidality can be difficult, but both speakers stressed that discussing these issues in a responsible, safe way as a community can help to prevent suicide.

The ideas and discussions from the forum will inform MRSPAG’s action plan and future activities.

Members of MRSPAG extend thanks to community members and service providers for sharing their ideas as well as to forum facilitator Tim Adam, Woodend Rotary, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the Anglican Parish of Woodend-Trentham, Kyneton Lions, Openhouse Macedon Ranges and Gisborne Rotary for helping make this event possible. 

 

Out of the Shadows Walk - September 11 2016 - Thanks from Lifeline here

 Alannah McGregor leading the walk

Alannah McGregor leading the walk

Lifeline's 'Out of the Shadows' walk aims to remember those lost, and those bereavedby suicide. People connected to the Macedon Ranges, joined Alannah McGregor from Bendigo Suicide Prevention Awareness Network to reflect, remember and walk together.

The National Suicide Prevention Conference provides a platform for the exchange of ideas to help achieve our agenda of halving suicides in Australia over the next ten years - July 24-27 2016.

 National Suicide Prevention Australia Conference participants and MRSPAG members, Jeremy Forbes, Leo Schultz, Di Slater, Lynsey Ward and Narelle Trewin, spent 4 days learning about new programs, ideas, research and building more networks for the Macedon Ranges. We thank them for committing their time, we look forward to hearing more in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

National Suicide Prevention Australia Conference participants and MRSPAG members, Jeremy Forbes, Leo Schultz, Di Slater, Lynsey Ward and Narelle Trewin, spent 4 days learning about new programs, ideas, research and building more networks for the Macedon Ranges. We thank them for committing their time, we look forward to hearing more in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

 

11 July 2016 – Peer Support Information Night

 A full house! The night provided information for those bereaved by suicide. Guest speakers included; Louise Flynn, Jesuits support after Suicide, along with two of our amazing peer support volunteers, Gerry Leahy and Lynsey Ward. Both spoke about their loss and the unique support offered by others bereaved by suicide. Monthly meeting continue for those bereaved by suicide details can be found here.

 

SPAN Walk

In March each year the Suicide Prevention Awareness Network Central Victoria orgainse a walk to remember loved ones, friends, work or school mates lost to suicide. The walk is also a chance for the general community to show support for those impacted by suicide and learn more about the issue

 

 

Out of the Shadows Lifeline walk in Woodend Sept 2015