Join us at 6pm on Wednesday, 29 July 2020 to hear from the young and the restless.
This webinar forms part of the ‘Flatten the Mental Health Curve’ series, presented by the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre, and will focus on suicide prevention from the perspective of young people.
Hosted by two young people, Sam and Zoe, the webinar will take the form of a panel discussion with five other young people, each with their own lived experience of suicide.
'Lived experience' in suicide takes many forms. For example, it may mean that someone has experienced a suicidal crisis or attempt of their own; it may mean they have lost someone to suicide; or it may mean that they have supported a friend or family member who has been suicidal. Whatever that experience is, it plays a critical role in shaping suicide prevention now and into the future.
However, whilst the suicide prevention sector has embraced the need for people with lived experience to help shape suicide prevention, there is currently an absence of young voices – and we know that young people’s experiences and needs can be very different from those of older people.
Given that suicide rates are rising among young Australians there is an urgent need to do things differently and if we are to do this successfully we need to listen to the wants and needs of young people.
In this webinar we will explore the following questions:
- What does lived experience look and feel like for young people?
- What are young people’s experiences of seeking help for suicidal thoughts and behaviours; what worked well and what didn’t?
- What is safe communication and advocacy in suicide prevention from the perspective of young people?
- What is the role of stigma/discrimination and how might we address this?
- And what would young people like to see suicide prevention look like now and into the future?
The webinar will help amplify the voices of young people in suicide prevention and raise some questions about how we currently do things and how we might do them differently in the future.
Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Time: 6-7 PM AEST