Noosa to host world leaders in suicide prevention at one-day forum in May

United Synergies is delighted to partner with specialist mental health and suicide prevention consultancy ConNectica to host Shifting the Dial on Suicide Prevention – new settings, new players on Tuesday, 8 May 2018.

The one-day event to be held at The J in Noosa is a collaboration between the two Sunshine Coast organisations which will bring together leading experts in the field of mental health to explore new approaches to suicide prevention within community settings.

Trends in suicide in Australia have been increasing steadily over the past few years. Suicide is now the leading cause of death for people aged 15-44 and also for children aged 5-17 years. For every Australian that takes their own life, there are an estimated 30 suicide attempts and more than 100 people are impacted by their death.  That’s 250,000 Australians closely impacted each and every year.

United Synergies CEO Christopher John said suicide prevention is a responsibility of the community as a whole.

“Suicide prevention is everyone’s business – pharmacists, schools, real estate agents, councils – we all have the potential to reach out to someone and make a difference.

It’s within the community that people connect with one another through everyday settings; we are exploring how these connections can present opportunities for intervention by building capacity in individuals and communities to help those at risk seek help,” says Christopher.

The forum has attracted an accomplished line up of international and national presenters, including:

  • Dr Sally Spencer Thomas – World renowned suicidologist, Denver, Colorado
  • Professor Chris Sarra – 2016 NAIDOC Person of the Year and leading Indigenous Educator
  • Professor Rob Donovan – Creator of the Mentally Healthy Campaign WA, Denmark and Norway
  • Ivan Frkovi – Queensland Mental Health Commissioner
  • Brendan Maher – CEO, R U OK?
  • Dr Victoria Ross – Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
  • Matthew Tukaki – Chair, Suicide Prevention Australia

ConNetica Director Adjunct Professor John Mendoza said the forum would be highly beneficial for policy makers, planners, practitioners and community service providers.

“We are very pleased to be able to bring together some of the world’s leading thinkers in current suicide prevention and community engagement practices to present emerging evidence on more effective ways to connect with those at risk.

“We have to face the fact that we, as a community, are not turning the tide on suicide and self-harm. We have to look beyond the Accident and Emergency door at our hospitals and reach more people long before they are in crisis.

“The forum promises to be an excellent opportunity to examine some of the new approaches to suicide prevention and engage new players to help reduce the number of people we lose to suicide each year,” says John Mendoza.

Tickets cost $250 and are on sale through Eventbrite,

A small number of concessional tickets ($50) are available for people with lived experience of suicide, students and some special circumstances by discretion of the event organisers by contacting United Synergies on 07 5442 4277 during business hours.

To view a full program of the event and for further information visit

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