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2017

LIFE News Update: On the Line to cease delivery of the LIFE project

As of 30 June 2017, On the Line will cease to deliver the Living is for Everyone (LIFE) project.

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2016

LIFE News Update: Primary Health Networks (PHNs) Program Established

PHNs have been established with the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

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2015

LIFE News Update: Primary Health Networks (PHNs) Program Rollout

In November 2015, as part of its response to the National Mental Health Commission Review of mental health programs, the Government announced a renewed approach to suicide prevention through the establishment of a new National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

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2014

LIFE News Issue 31: May 2014

In our 31st edition of LIFE News, we find out more about ReachOut.com Professionals, a resources website for professional supporting youth mental health and wellbeing.

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LIFE News Issue 30: March 2014

Welcome to this edition of LIFE News. In our 30th edition, we examine the issue of suicide prevention and the workplace with MATES In Construction, and talk to Dr Fiona Shand about the development of a new suicide prevention app for Indigenous Australians, ibobbly. As always, we have all the latest news from the Department, and upcoming training and events. 

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2013

LIFE News Issue 29: December 2013

In this edition of LIFE News, we speak to the Hunter Institute of Mental Health about Conversations Matter, the new suite of online resources to support community discussions about suicide. We also profile the ATAPS Suicide Support Service, Support After Suicide, and report on all the latest news, events and training opportunities.

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LIFE News Issue 28: World Suicide Prevention Day, September 2013

This year's WSPD theme of 'Stigma: a barrier to suicide prevention' is the focus for this edition's discussion question, with reflections from Dr Nicola Reavley and Robyn Thompson from SANE Australia. We also have project profiles of Mental Health First Aid Australia, SuperFriend and all the latest news, events and media coverage from t

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LIFE News Issue 27: Special edition

In line with this year’s conference theme of ‘collective impact’, we have teamed up with Suicide Prevention Australia to bring you a sneak peek of what to expect at this important event which brings together some of the leading individuals and organisations involved in suicide prevention in Australia. 

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LIFE News Issue 26: May 2013

In this issue, Sue Murray (SPA) examines the connection between physical and mental health, and the implications of this connection for suicide prevention. We also have project profiles of Mates in Construction and AISRAP.

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LIFE News Issue 25: March 2013

In this edition, we examine the issue of self-harm and suicide in younger populations, with a sector comment from Kids Helpline. We also have project profiles of the National StandBy Response Service, MensLine Australia's video counselling service, and headspace's School Support Program.  

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LIFE News Issue 24: January 2013

In this issue, Dr Roderick McKay provides expert commentary on the topic of suicidality in older people. We also profile the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA). As always, we have all the latest news, events and training from the sector.

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2012

LIFE News Issue 23: October 2012

This edition features project profiles of The Yiriman Project and The Black Dog Institute, alongside a sector comment discussing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) mental health and suicide prevention. 

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LIFE News Issue 22: September 2012

This edition features leading experts in suicide bereavement discussing the importance of tailoring resources and programs for those bereaved by suicide across different stages of the lifespan, as well as project profiles of the Dr Edward Koch Foundation and the R U OK? Foundation. It also features the latest news, events and training. 

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LIFE News Issue 21: July 2012

This issue features a discussion on suicide prevention in industries experiencing high rates of suicide, project profiles of the OzHelp Foundation's A.L.E.R.T Foundation, Farm-Link and introduction to the Influences on Farmer Suicide in Queensland and New South Wales study. We have the latest events, news and training opportunities. 

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LIFE News Issue 20: April 2012

This edition features a discussion of the effect of natural disasters on suicide risk, project profiles of the 2011 Churchill Fellowship, Hope for Life postvention programs and community guidelines for discussing suicide. We also have the latest news, upcoming events and training.

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LIFE News Issue 19: March 2012

This LIFE News features project profiles from TOMNET and the Suicide Call Back Service, along with a sector comment about the internet and suicide risk in young people. We also have the latest events, training and media coverage. 

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2011

LIFE News Issue 18: December 2011

This LIFE News features project profiles from MindOUT! and Support After Suicide, along with a discussion about suicide bereavement and the media. We also have the latest events, training and media coverage. 

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LIFE News Issue 17: Indigenous suicide prevention (October 2011)

This LIFE News features four project profiles, including the Sustainable Personal Development for Aboriginal Men project and and the LifeForce Suicide Prevention Program. We also have a discussion question answered by Prof Ernest Hunter and Helen Milroy and all the latest events, training and media coverage.

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LIFE News Issue 16: World Suicide Prevention Day (September 2011)

This issue features project profiles of Healthy Minds, Expanded Horizons, and Rural Alive and Well, and a review of a personal account of suicide. It also features a list of events, training and media coverage.

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LIFE News Issue 15: Youth (May 2011)

This issue includes an overview of youth suicide and suicide prevention, with project profiles of Incolink"s Life Care Program and the Peer Support Program, and comments from both MindMatters and Reach Out Teachers Network on suicide prevention in schools. 

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LIFE News Issue 14: suicide bereavement (March 2011)

This edition of LIFE News focuses on suicide prevention and suicide bereavement, with a sector comment that provides an overview, project profiles of Living Beyond Suicide and Hope for Life, and a listing of some Australian-based online support resources.

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LIFE News Issue 13: education and awareness (January 2011)

This edition of LIFE News focuses on education and awareness, with a sector comment (by Susan Beaton) that provides an overview of education and awareness raising about suicide prevention, project profiles of two NSPS projects (National Suicide Prevention Project & CORES), a review of both the literature on education and awareness and recent personal accounts of suicide, and comments on media guidelines from Barbara Hocking and Jaela Skehan.

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2010

LIFE News Issue 12: community support (November 2010)

This edition of LIFE News focuses on community support, with a sector comment (by Alyson Miller) that provides an overview of the importance of community support in suicide prevention, project profiles of two NSPS projects (Drop the Rock and REAL4Mii). 

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LIFE News Issue 11: project evaluation (September 2010)

This edition of LIFE News focuses on the importance of program evaluation, and includes sector comments from two experts (Kairi Kõlves & Rosemary McKenzie) in the field, the latest research and two evaluation profiles of projects funded under the National Suicide Prevention Strategy (StandBy Support Service & Suicide Call Back Service).

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LIFE News Issue 10: culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities (June 2010)

In this edition LIFE focuses on suicide prevention in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, taking a look at the latest research and projects including CALD Community Connections, Making My Living, and The Mt Theo Program.

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LIFE News Issue 9: rural and remote (March 2010)

In this edition LIFE focuses on suicide prevention in rural and remote communities, taking a look at the latest research and projects including The Yiriman Project, Farm Link, Rural Alive and Well, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and HITnet. 

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LIFE News Issue 8: bereavement (January 2010)

In this edition LIFE focuses on bereavement and suicide prevention, taking a look at the latest research and projects including Support After Suicide, The Standby Response Service, the Suicide Bereavement Support Group Standards & Practice Project and SANE Australia’s Mental Illness and Bereavement Project.

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2009

LIFE News Issue Seven: Men (October 2009)

In this edition LIFE focuses on men and suicide prevention, taking a look at the latest research and projects including MensLine Australia, Dads in Distress, the Open Doors project and TOMNet. LIFE News contributors also report on men-related health programs such as Movember, Foundation 49 and Bendigo Community Health Services.

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LIFE News Issue 6: Mental Health (August 2009)

In this edition LIFE focuses on mental health and suicide prevention, taking a look at the latest research and projects including the Mindframe Stage & Screen Project, itsallright.org, the SANE Mental Illness and Bereavement Project, headspace and Multicultural Mental Health Australia. LIFE News contributors also report on mental health programs from organisations such as beyondblue and Mental Health First Aid.

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LIFE News Issue 5: Alcohol and other Drugs (June 2009)

In this edition LIFE focuses on drugs and alcohol and suicide prevention, taking a look at the latest research and projects including the PALM initiative from the Ted Noffs Foundation, the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction and many more. LIFE News contributors also report on drug and alcohol programs from organisations such as Orygen and the Australian Drug Foundation.

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LIFE News Issue 4: Youth (April 2009)

In this edition LIFE focuses on youth and suicide prevention, taking a look at the latest youth-related research and National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS) projects including the Sustainable Personal Development for Aboriginal Men Project, the Peer Support Project and many more. LIFE News contributors also report on youth programs from organisations such as Mental Health First Aid and the INSPIRE Foundation.

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LIFE News Issue 3: Indigenous (February 2009)

In this edition LIFE focuses on suicide prevention in Indigenous communities, taking a look at the latest research and National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS) projects. LIFE also reports on recent initiatives such as Indigenous radio network segments, Suicide Story in Central Australia and much more.

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2008

LIFE News Issue 2: Primary Care (November 2008)

In this edition we focus on primary care in suicide prevention, taking a look at the latest research and NSPS project updates. We also spotlight recent news including the formation of the new Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council and health care resources now available in the Northern Territory.

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LIFE News Issue 1: (August 2008)

This edition introduces LIFE News and includes a sector comment from Professor Ian Webster AO. It also features NSPS project updates from the Suicide Call Back Service, Community Connections, RYACE and much more.

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