Creating Hope Through Action – World Suicide Prevention Day 2021

Central Australians will be demonstrating how we are working together to create hope though action for World Suicide Prevention Day, 11am Friday 10 September on the Council Chamber Lawns.

‘Creating Hope Through Action’ is the theme for this year’s event. It acknowledges that many individuals and organisations are working on suicide prevention initiatives in our communities and providing support to people to overcome their challenges.

The event is being organised by the Mental Health Association of Central Australia and the Central Australia Life Promotion Network (LPN). The LPN is formed from a range of community members and organisations committed to suicide prevention.

“Suicide has touched all of us here at Children’s Ground, and we’re keen to play our part in creating hope through action. We see that hope and action is in our culture. Our culture is intrinsically connected to our identity of who we are as First Nations people, whether you live in a city, town or remote,” said Tyson Mpetyane Carmody, Children’s Ground.

“We want our children and young people to know that they are not alone, that they are loved and that we work together for their future. We want to acknowledge all of the work being done in this community, Mparntwe, to support those impacted by suicide. We look forward to being a part of that action with everyone here to continue to create hope,” said Tyson Mpetyane Carmody.

“We have the highest rates of suicide on the continent in the Northern Territory. Suicide impacts all of us. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to gather and honour those we have lost, acknowledge those that have experienced suicidality and bereavement, and demonstrate the care and support that is available in our community,” said Helen Lambert, Manager Health Promotion, Mental Health Association of Central Australia.

This free whole of community event will be held 11 am-1 pm Friday 10 September on the Alice Springs Town Council Chamber lawns.  There will be music from local singer songwriter Paul Ah Chee, stalls and activities from community organisations, a smoking ceremony, welcome to country, speakers from the community, a free BBQ lunch and a flower ceremony.

If you require support or need to talk to someone please call:

  • Lifeline 131 144
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

If it’s an emergency, please call 000.

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The NT Lived Experience Network will deliver their peer programs 'Recovery Together' and 'Circles of Support' between April and June In Mparntwe/Alice Springs. These two programs are locally created and facilitated by people who have lived experiences and have been trained to support others on their journey.

'Recovery Together' is for people who experience alcohol, drug, gambling and/or mental health challenges. It was first delivered in Alice Springs in 2023 and provides evidence-based tools and strategies that support recovery through discussions and creative activities.

'Circles of Support' is for the family and kin of people who experience alcohol, drug, gambling and/or mental health related challenges. Family and kin will gain connection and knowledge of the experiences impacting their loved one, themselves and other family members. It is designed to support families to maintain their wellbeing and be in a better position to support their loved ones.

For more information and how to register go to www.livedexperiencent.net or contact Sal at 0423 656 284 or sal@livedexperiencent.net.
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The NT Lived Experience Network will deliver their peer programs Recovery Together and Circles of Support between April and June In Mparntwe/Alice Springs. These two programs are locally created and facilitated by people who have lived experiences and have been trained to support others on their journey.

Recovery Together is for people who experience alcohol, drug, gambling and/or mental health challenges. It was first delivered in Alice Springs in 2023 and provides evidence-based tools and strategies that support recovery through discussions and creative activities.

Circles of Support is for the family and kin of people who experience alcohol, drug, gambling and/or mental health related challenges. Family and kin will gain connection and knowledge of the experiences impacting their loved one, themselves and other family members. It is designed to support families to maintain their wellbeing and be in a better position to support their loved ones.  

For more information and how to register go to www.livedexperiencent.net or contact Sal at 0423 656 284 or sal@livedexperiencent.net.Image attachment

We had a great time at World No Tobacco Day 2024 Fun Run today! Over 100 people came out for games, painting, smoothies, and free haircuts. Thanks Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and Alice Springs Town Council for inviting us to be part of such a positive event.

Smoking and vaping have detrimental impacts on our physical health. While nicotine may create an immediate sense of relaxation, research has shown that smoking actually increases anxiety and tension. Need help quitting? Call Quitline on 13 78 48 or text 'call back' to 0482 090 634.

#MentalHealthMatters #Wellbeing #HealthyBodiesSupportHealthyMinds
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We had a great time at World No Tobacco Day 2024 Fun Run today! Over 100 people came out for games, painting, smoothies, and free haircuts. Thanks Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and Alice Springs Town Council for inviting us to be part of such a positive event.

Smoking and vaping have detrimental impacts on our physical health. While nicotine may create an immediate sense of relaxation, research has shown that smoking actually increases anxiety and tension. Need help quitting? Call Quitline on 13 78 48 or text call back to 0482 090 634.

#MentalHealthMatters #Wellbeing #HealthyBodiesSupportHealthyMindsImage attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment
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