This panel discussion is hosted by former Lifeline CEO, Pete Shmigel with:
Professor Jane Pirkis, who believes that preventing suicide among men and boys would go further than any other single approach to achieving the Government’s goal of working towards zero suicides.
Professsor Pirkis will present an update on the $5.6 million Buoy Project, a study of male suicide prevention funded the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission.
She will be joined by:
One of the key findings of the Prime Minsters’ National Suicide Prevention Adviser, Christine Morgan, was that lived experience knowledge and expertise should be prioritised and integrated into the planning and delivery of a whole-of-government suicide prevention action.
Bronwen Edwards, CEO of Australia’s leading lived experience charity, Roses in the Ocean, will outline the many roles that men with lived experience can play in preventing suicide. Also from Roses in the Ocean, lived experience speaker Tynan Narywonczyk, who rebuilt his life after a crippling workplace accident left him in a coma and on work cover for three years. Now an ironman, Tynan emerged from a dark passage to over come adversity and inspire others. He has some clear messages about suicide and what we can do about its prevention.
She will be joined by Dr Neil Hall of Western Sydney University, who will present findings of recent research exploring the experiences of men with lived experience of suicide.
Bringing his personal experience of suicide to the conversation, Graeme Holdsworth will share his own battle with suicide and reflect on his journey as a lived experience advocate in the suicide prevention sector.