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2014 National Suicide Prevention Conference staged in Perth

Perth played host to the 2014 National Suicide Prevention Conference from 23-26 July, presented by Suicide Prevention Australia. Bringing together more than 300 delegates, the annual conference is the premier, multidisciplinary, educational event in the suicide prevention sector.

With the theme: Many Communities, One Goal , the conference provided a platform for shared learning, ideas exchange, and finding opportunities for collaboration.

The focus for the 2014 National Suicide Prevention Conference was evidence-based suicide prevention initiatives, showcasing the best in research, practice and community engagement. The specific aim was to deliver improved outcomes in suicide prevention for those working with vulnerable populations.

The program included leading researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from the field, as well as those with a lived experience of suicide. Delegates came from a broad demographic, extending to all facets of the suicide prevention and mental health sectors.

The Conference aimed to increase sector commitment to participate in a collaborative approach to suicide prevention and enhance community participation in quality suicide prevention activities.

Jenny Allen, CEO of Youth Focus and the only West Australian CEO on the Suicide Prevention Australia Board said “The Conference not only attempted but succeeded in bringing together a diverse, inclusive group of clinicians, researchers, those with lived experience and more, in the hope that collaboration continues to happen across the sector”.

Sue Murray, CEO of Suicide Prevention Australia, added “The conference this year built on our 2013 theme and the agenda of the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention – to halve suicides in Australia in 10 years. The program was designed to highlight the many communities that make up the social fabric of Australian society – geographical, social, cultural, online, workplace and many others. We all have different perspectives but our agenda is the same. The collective passion and commitment we saw at the conference gave me hope that, together, we can achieve this ambitious goal.”


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