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Conversations Matter featured nationally at key mental health and suicide prevention conferences

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Hunter Institute of Mental Health staff have been busy the past few months, highlighting the importance of discussing suicide in communities, at a number of high-profile national conferences.

This week, the team are set to join a range of professionals from the mental health and suicide prevention sectors for the 25th annual TheMHS Conference. 

The conference will take place at the National Convention Centre in Canberra with the theme, Translating best practice into reality - providing opportunities for dialogue in terms of best practice in the mental health services arena.

On the opening day, Hunter Institute Projects Coordinator, Tegan Cotterill will showcase the Conversations Matter resources as part of a feature session titled, ‘Talking About and Preventing Suicide’. 

Delegates will learn more about the world-first online community resource, and for the first time, be presented with the range of Conversations Matter resources now available for professionals engaging with communities around suicide.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday 26 August from 11:30amFor more information please see the TheMHS Conference Program.

Earlier this month, Conversations Matter resources were featured at the International Mental Health Conference in the Gold Coast, and the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s Health in Difference Conference in Canberra. 

Keynote presentations included:

In addition, the Hunter Institute was approached by Suicide Prevention Australia to showcase Conversations Matter resources at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Tasmania during July. 

Activities included a three-hour pre-conference workshop for communities, ‘Engaging and Supporting Communities to Discuss Suicide’ and a keynote presentation, ‘Developing Resources to Support Conversations about Suicide in Aboriginal Communities’.

Further information about the workshop and presentation at the National Suicide Prevention Conference is available here: 

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