Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Program Launches

Lifeline Northern Rivers, along with FSG Australia, is delighted to be the joint naming rights sponsor for this weekend’s Lismore Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival. Niall Mulligan, Centre Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers said; ‘Lifeline’s job is to be there for people in their time of crisis and that can be difficult work so it is a nice change to be part of a festive occasion which is a celebration of local sport and community.

The event sponsorship also gives Lifeline Northern Rivers an ideal opportunity to announce that they have partnered with Wesley Lifeforce and Rekindling the Spirit to deliver the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Program in our region. The program is a culturally appropriate and tailored package for Aboriginal communities that will facilitate discussion and the spreading of information regarding suicide. Niall Mulligan, Lifeline Northern Rivers, said: “We will be funding and promoting the delivery of this community program and are delighted to be working with Wesley and Rekindling who both bring a deep history of engagement and knowledge to this project

Wesley LifeForce has trained more than 30,000 Australians in how to identify the signs that someone may be at risk of suicide and what to do. Based on the latest research in suicide prevention, Wesley LifeForce workshops and seminars show how simple but effective interventions can make a real difference and save lives. Tony Cassidy, Group Manager, Wesley LifeForce said ”We commissioned The Seedling Group (TSG), an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consultancy, to undertake development of the program, appropriate for an Indigenous audience. The three TSG consultants involved in writing the program have considerable expertise in Indigenous mental health, suicide prevention and community capacity building. We look forward to working with our partners on the Northern Rivers as they seek to find local solutions and strategies that assist suicide prevention

Greg Telford of Rekindling the Spirit said” This partnership will allow us to build on our current programs which empower people to take control of their lives and to expand our community’s capacity to address issues around suicide and suicidality

Funding for the program will come from Lifeline Northern Rivers’ recently launched pop up shops and some support from philanthropic funders. The expectation is that the program will be operational in late 2016.

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