Suicide Prevention for Tradies: Jeremy Forbes

Suicide Prevention Jeremy Forbes

Jeremy Forbes will discuss Suicide Prevention for Tradies at The 17th International Mental Health Conference 11 -12 August 2016. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

Suicide Prevention: We are pleased to announce Mr Jeremy Forbes a s a Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change to be held at Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, from the 11 -12 August 2016.

Jeremy Forbes will be presenting on ‘Suicide Prevention for Tradies in Regional and Rural Victoria and Southern NSW’ in the Self harm suicide and survival stream.

HALT aims to reduce stigma and increase awareness of mental health (Suicide, Depression and Anxiety) and wellbeing in the Tradie community.

HALT is building the bridge between the Tradie community and both local and national mental health support services.

HALT facilitates this by holding ‘Save your Bacon’ brekky’s, primarily at Hardware stores but now including private businesses, TAFE’s, Secondary Colleges, Football/Netball clubs and Agricultural stores across regional and rural Victoria and southern NSW.

HALT has a ‘whole of community’ approach, involving as many community groups as possible in preparation of the event.

There are no expectations for the Tradies to talk at the HALT event but when you set up an environment where they feel relaxed, included and comfortable, they invariably start talking about the issues they confront in the building industry.

This is prevention at a grassroots level involving local communities building stronger connections.

Suicide Prevention – Jeremy Forbes

Jeremy Forbes is a trade qualified Painter and Decorator that has experienced the highs and lows (financial, mental and physical) of the Tradie culture and lifestyle.

After the suicide of a local tradie Jeremy released he didn’t have the tools to help other Tradies and mates that were in trouble so, along with Catherine Pilgrim, foundered HALT to build the bridge between the trades community and both local and national mental health support services.

Jeremy has spent the last three years expanding and building HALT. To read more about HALT click here.

Suicide prevention and a wide range of mental health topics will be discussed at The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change being held at Sea World Resort Conference Centre, Gold Coast, from the 11 -12 August 2016. To register your attendance at the conference CLICK HERE.

This conference brings together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.

The conference program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. To view the Program Booklet CLICK HERE.

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