National Mental Health Commission Funding Grant 2018-2020

CORES Australia were successful in a grant to establish four new CORES Networks in Tasmania and Queensland.

Project Summary:

This project will provide a community capacity building program centred upon the prevention and intervention of suicide. It will educate members of the local community on how to intervene when someone is suicidal. Local community members will be trained using a train the trainer model as Volunteer Peer Workers to deliver the program in their community. CORES Networks have been established in Launceston and Devonport in Tasmania, and Townsville and Maryborough in Queensland. The target groups fit within the priority population groups targeted by the Primary Health Network’s Suicide Prevention Trial Sites in those regions. As it is important to monitor the outcomes and quality of this project, the cost for an external evaluation of the project has been factored in.

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Target Outcomes:

The project correlates to three components of the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan suicide prevention model pictured above which is also being used in these trial sites.

The three components are:

  • Engaging the community and providing opportunities to be part of the change

  • Training the community to recognise and respond to suicidality

  • Promoting help-seeking, mental health and resilience

Outputs:

  • Set up a project reference group using community members already engaged within the trial sites

  • Establish four CORES Networks across the target communities in Tasmania and Queensland

  • Train 3-6 volunteer facilitators to deliver the CORES training in each Community Network

  • Facilitate 8-10 CORES training sessions in each Community Network

  • Develop partnerships to organise forums to reduce stigma around suicide and mental illness

  • Continue to build on membership and collaboration with Local Suicide Prevention Community Networks and other relevant working groups in program areas

  • Maintain and develop partnerships with relevant organisations in the target areas to enhance the program and networks

  • Collaborate with networks and organisations working with suicide bereavement, mental illness and the reduction of stigma

  • Arrange for the conduct of an external evaluation of the project

Tasmanian Communications Charter


Tasmania is the first state to adopt the new National Communications Charter. The Charter brings the community sector together with government and people with lived experience. Promoting a common language around mental health, mental illness and suicide in Tasmania. So that together we can work to reduce stigma and promote help-seeking behaviour.

As part of the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2016-2020, the State government commissioned the development of a Tasmanian mental health and suicide prevention communications charter. To be signed by organisations and individuals working in the mental health and suicide prevention sectors along with government and community leaders. The primary purpose of the Charter is to increase help-seeking and help-offering behaviour and reduce stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide within our state.

The Tasmanian version of the National Communications Charter has been developed and reviewed by the Tasmanian Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Communications Charter working party. Sharon Jones is a member of the working party, representing Kentish Regional Clinic.

Sharon Jones is a member of the working party, representing Kentish Regional Clinic.

Our short online training will guide you through the Charter. It only takes around 30 minutes to complete.
Once you sign up to the Charter you will receive access to free, evidence-based information and resources. Tell your colleagues and contacts about the Charter so that together we can work to reduce stigma and increase help-seeking behaviour.

Follow the link below to the Tasmanian Communications Charter website, where you will be able to access the online course:

https://www.tascharter.org

Photos from the launch of the Tasmanian Communications Charter, where the first organisations to sign up to the charter received their certificates from the Honourable Michael Ferguson MP, Minister for Health.