Find a Safely Talking Speaker

Are you holding an event to raise awareness of suicide prevention? Below you will find a list of organisations and individuals who provide safe community discussions on suicide prevention. Please note that hosting community talks directly following a suicide attempt/death is not advisable. For information on how to best support your community, please refer to StandBy www.standbysupport.com.au.

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James Rice

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

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About the facilitator

As part of the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY team, we deliver awareness and education sessions about mental health promotion, suicide prevention, where to get support, and how to have supportive mental health conversations. We deliver short 5 - 15 minute presentations to any audience about five ways we can all make a difference for mental health, and 45 minute presentations for ages 18+. Each facilitator is trained in ASIST and Mental Health First Aid.

Facilitator details:

Organisation: SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

Email: jamesr@reltas.com.au

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John Clark

Rural Alive and Well

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About the facilitator

RAW (Rural Alive & Well Inc.) supports individuals, families and the community through mental health issues with a focus on suicide prevention. RAW provide outreach support to rural Tasmania, as well as working with the community to undertake well-being initiatives.

Facilitator details:

Organisation: Rural Alive and Well

Email: JClark@rawtas.com.au

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Julia Gandy

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

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About the facilitator

As part of the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY team, we deliver awareness and education sessions about mental health promotion, suicide prevention, where to get support, and how to have supportive mental health conversations. We deliver short 5 - 15 minute presentations to any audience about five ways we can all make a difference for mental health, and 45 minute presentations for ages 18+. Each facilitator is trained in ASIST and Mental Health First Aid.

Facilitator details:

Organisation: SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

Email: juliagandy@reltas.com.au

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Katharine Carter

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

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About the facilitator

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY works to promote positive mental health messages and prevent suicide by normalising conversations about mental health and encouraging people to seek help when they need it. Stay ChatTY delivers educational presentation across Tasmania in Schools, Sporting Clubs, Workplace and Community Organisations. Katharine is a Registered Nurse who works on the School Program for Stay ChatTY. She delivers presentations to students in grades 9 – 12 to raise mental health awareness and build student confidence to seek help for themselves and their peers.

Facilitator details:

Organisation: SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

Email: katharinep@reltas.com.au

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Mark Davis

Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience Collective

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About the facilitator

Mark is the co-recipient of the 2019 Tasmanian LiFE Award for "Outstanding Contribution to Suicide Prevention". Mark covers a wide range of topics often based on his personal lived experiences. Mark provides talks for the Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience Collective on suicide prevention along with the Beyond Blue Speakers Bureau concerning depression and anxiety. Mark is a practicing qualified Mental Health Peer Support Worker providing online support nationally to individuals concerned about their mental health.

Facilitator details:

Organisation: Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience Collective

Email: Mark.Davis.messages@gmail.com

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Melita Griffin

Lifeline Tasmania

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About the facilitator

Melita oversees the marketing, media, brand and events at Lifeline Tasmania. She is a signatory to the Tasmanian Communications Charter and trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. Melita can talk generically about building suicide safe communities.

Facilitator details:

Organisation: Lifeline Tasmania

Email: melita.griffin@lifelinetasmania.org.au

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Michael Voumard

Lifeline Tasmania

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About the facilitator

Michael supports people impacted and/or bereaved by suicide. Offering workshops aimed at increasing people's and community's confidence in being able to support others.

Facilitator details:

Organisation: Lifeline Tasmania

Email: michael.voumard@lifelinetasmania.org.au

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Mitch McPherson

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

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About the facilitator

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY works to promote positive mental health messages and prevent suicide by normalising conversations about mental health and encouraging people to seek help when they need it. Mitch provides a Lived experience presentation which also includes normalising mental health, services available and tips on having tough conversations. Mitch prefers to speak to audiences 18 years plus.

Facilitator details:

Organisation: SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

Email: mitchm@reltas.com.au

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Natasha Cloak

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

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About the facilitator

As part of the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY team, we deliver awareness and education sessions about mental health promotion, suicide prevention, where to get support, and how to have supportive mental health conversations. We deliver short 5 - 15 minute presentations to any audience about five ways we can all make a difference for mental health, and 45 minute presentations for ages 18+. Each facilitator is trained in ASIST and Mental Health First Aid.

Facilitator details:

Organisation: SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

Email: natashac@reltas.com.au

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Rod Lambert

Lambert Training and Events and Lifeline Tasmania (StandBy)

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About the facilitator

Rod provides training in a variety of Mental Health First Aid courses, StandBy related training regarding post-vention and other workshops around Mental Health and Wellbeing. Rod has been a Mental Health First Aid trainer since 2006 and has conducted almost 400 courses. Rod is currently the North/North West Team leader in Tasmania for the StandBy support after suicide service. Rod's audiences include community groups, service organisations, businesses, churches and the general public.

Facilitator details:

Organisation: Lambert Training and Events and Lifeline Tasmania (StandBy)

Email: rodlambert3@dodo.com.au; rodney.lambert@lifelinetasmania.org.au

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Sharon Corvinus-Jones

Kentish Regional Clinic

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About the facilitator

Sharon is a Lived Experience Speaker for Suicide Prevention Australia and is trained by Roses in the Ocean. Sharon shares experiences of growing up in Outback Queensland and struggling with both Gender Identity and Sexuality. Sharon's passion is in community development. As Executive Officer for KRC, Sharon and team facilitate three programs: Community Response to Eliminating Suicide (CORES) Australia, Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) Kentish - an early learning program for ages 4 and 5 and LGBTI Professional Development.

Facilitator details:

Organisation: Kentish Regional Clinic

Email: Sharoneo@kentishrc.com.au