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Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Networks

All interested community members are invited to a community meeting to discuss a proposal to form a Devonport Suicide Prevention Network and the development of a Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan in collaboration with members of the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, the 25th of February from 2pm – 4pm at the Devonport City Council.

For further information on this event, download a copy of the public invitation letter here.

Flourish: New CEO Appointed

Following the departure of Miranda Ashby as the Flourish CEO, the Chair of the Flourish Board Harry Wilsdon is pleased to announce the new Flourish CEO.

You can view his message here.

Mental Health Council of Tasmania E-NEWS – February 2016 Edition

The Mental Health Council of Tasmania have published the latest edition of their digital newsletter.

This edition is full of sector news, reports and mental health resources. You can view the latest edition here.


RAW’s Healthy and Resilient Communities Initiative

Since 2008 Rural Alive and Well Inc. (RAW) have been providing outreach support to rural communities across Tasmania to create resilience and capacity of individuals, families and the community to react to challenging life experiences with particular emphasis on suicide prevention, mental health and wellbeing.

RAW are proud and honoured to announce their new initiative, the Healthy and Resilient Communities Initiative. They invite you to join them and a special guest from the Hawthorn Hawks football team for lunch and to launch this exciting new project.

When: Friday February 19th, 12pm – 2pm
Where: Tram Sheds Function Centre, Launceston

RSVP essential for catering purposes by Monday 15th February to Kylie Lawless on 62541092 or adminassist[at]

For further information, download a copy of the event invitation and a fact sheet here.

MHA CEO Update

Frank Quinlan, CEO of Mental Health Australia has issued a weekly update packed full of information on goings on in the mental health world.

You can read this update online here.

DRUMBEAT 3-Day Facilitator Training

DRUMBEAT is an early intervention program for ‘at-risk’ youth and adults. We use a unique approach, drawing metaphors and analogies from a drum-circle experience into exercises that address a wide range of relationship issues that impact on life outcomes.

DRUMBEAT has proven particularly successful with indigenous youth and others who are alienated from society.

DRUMBEAT is delivered in both primary and high schools, as well as youth centres, mental health groups, hospitals, drug rehabilitation centres and prisons.

DRUMBEAT is an evidence-based program with a growing research base, including 6 peer-reviewed research studies published in International journals.

A 3-day DRUMBEAT facilitator training program will be held in Mornington from the 17th-19th of February. For further information, please download a copy of the event flyer here.

Living Works Australia Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Partners in Recovery is inviting you to attend free Living Works Australia Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—ASIST can be learned and used by anyone.

For further information about the training go to Living Works website:

Places are limited, therefore RSVP’s are essential.

Date: Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th February 2016
Times: 9am – 4.30pm
Venue: Tailrace Centre, 1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside Launceston, Tasmania, 7250
RSVP’s Essential: to Rebecca Irwin, Email: rebeccai[at] by 8 Feb
Cost: Free

Would you like to learn about “Adventures for All”, the bush adventure therapy program for Tasmanians living with disabilities and/or mental illness and their families?

In the coming week Adventure Works & Langford are hosting two Information Sessions for potential participants, family members, support teams and referrers. It’s a good chance to come along, look at a presentation, listen to some information, ask a few curly questions and understand what’s involved.

The sessions will be held on Monday, 18th January from 4pm-5pm at Langford, 116 Oldaker St Devonport (for the North) and on Thursday, 21st January, 4pm-5pm at Langford, 1 Bowen Rd Moonah (for the South).

For further information, please download a copy of the relevant documents here: Adventures 4 All (South) | Adventures 4 All (North)

Campbell Town Community Fun Days

young Aboriginal support program (yAsp, formerly yAdas) in partnership with Campbell Town District High Social Work would like to extend an invitation to Campbell Town and Midlands Council District residents and families to three fun days to be held during the January school holiday period.

A BBQ lunch will be provided each day and upon request a bus can be organised to pick participants up and drop them off.

Each day will have a theme and several activities around that theme will be run. The first theme will be an active day including Zorb balls, cricket, and a paper plane competition; the second theme will be a messy day with canvas art, cake sculptures, and t-shirt art; the third theme will be a craft, movie and music day.

For further information, contact Naomi at naomi.gelston[at] or on 0458 093 956.


MHA CEO Update

Frank Quinlan, CEO of Mental Health Australia has issued a weekly update packed full of information on goings on in the mental health world.

You can read this update online here.