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Dear Alexandra,

Welcome to the Conversations Matter December e-newsletter.

It has been a busy year for the Conversations Matter team and throughout this newsletter you will find a summary of events and activities from 2014.

It is important to remember that this time of year can bring mixed emotions to many people. While for some Christmas and the New Year is filled with joy and opportunity, others may find this time period to be a time of sadness. The festive season may have reminders of people who have are no longer with us and and for some people it can be a lonely and difficult time.

No matter how isolated you may feel, remember you are never alone.  There are essential services and telephone helplines that can provide some 24 hours a day, every day.

For immediate support call Lifeline 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

If you are worried about someone or are unsure what to say when someone has been bereaved by suicide there are resources to support you.

To find out more visit 

Conversations Matter turns one

To mark the one year anniversary of the world-first Conversations Matter resources, the Hunter Institute of Mental Health has called for an Australia-wide approach to support safe community discussion about suicide.
Supported by the NSW Mental Health Commission with initial funding from the NSW Government, the Hunter Institute of Mental Health is now calling on other states and territories, businesses and NGOs to ensure the resources can reach all communities.

Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, Jaelea Skehan, says that while the resources have only been actively piloted in NSW to date, demand for the resources and professional development for those working with communities is increasing. 

“We know that people are more engaged with suicide prevention than they ever before and communities across Australia want support to talk about the issue in safe and helpful ways” said Jaelea.

In its first year,with modest promotions the Conversations Matter website has had over 20,000 unique visitors with one out of every two visitors downloading the resources.

NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley has been a strong supporter of the program and its initial roll-out in NSW. 

“The Commission is proud to have partnered with the Hunter Institute of Mental Health to disseminate and implement this groundbreaking, practical guide to broaching the topic of suicide with loved ones,” he said. 

“I look forward to continuing conversations and further success in our shared goal of preventing suicide.”

Promotion and professional development

During 2014 the team have developed ongoing partnerships with peak organisations from at-risk communities, to inform the development of tailored resources for these groups.

WATCH NOW: Conversations Matter to all commmunities

Want to hear from some of our supporters?

View our video featuring Conversations Matter supporters from the suicide prevention sector

Conversations Matter on social media

​Given that much of the community and the suicide prevention sector use social media to share information, Conversations Matter has been active in the social media sphere, generating conversation and linking people to resources through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

To join the conversation, you can ‘Like’ the Hunter Institute of Mental Health Facebook page, follow us on Twitter at @HInstMH and use the hashtag #ConversationsMatter.

Conversations Matter featured in the Glove Box Guide to Mental Health

Conversations Matter featured in the 2014 Glove Box Guide to Mental Health released in October for Mental Health Month.

The guide includes tips for community members who may be worried that someone they know is thinking about suicide.