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Pitch Night Event: Our Pitch Organisations Announced

The PHN is providing funding to local suicide prevention projects, one in each of the regions: Hunter, New England, Central Coast and Manning/Mid Coast.

Through live pitch night events, audience members will hear short, sharp pitch presentations, and then pitch funding (funds provided by the PHN, with no additional monies sought from audience members) towards the program they feel best addresses the community’s needs.

The successful pitch programs were assessed against four key criteria, addressing;

  • Equity of access to suicide prevention services,
  • Complementary to the Dynamic Simulation Model report findings,
  • Meeting the needs of a priority group outlined in our Core Needs Assessment and
  • Encompassing innovation with a potential for expansion and long-term sustainability.

The PHN is proud to announce that the four organisations providing the pitches include:

Top Blokes Foundation

Building Young Males into Top Blokes: Helping Young Males Prevent Suicide Among Friends.

This project focuses on a whole of community approach that will see the Top Blokes Mentoring Program, a weekly mentoring program, delivered in every primary school and high school in the Cessnock LGA.

The program will upskill young males to identify and support their own and their friend’s wellbeing, thereby reducing the burden on the acute and clinic care services. Young males will be encouraged to be upstanders and actively help build a safe culture for both them and peers.

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"We are excited to connect with you at the Pitch Night and share our passion for the Top Blokes Mentoring Program. You'll hear about our dedication to reaching and positively impacting a whole community of young males. We can't wait to meet you and extend an invitation for you to join us on this journey".

Daniel Allars, NSW State Manager

Lead by Story

This is How We Survive: A Creative Exploration of Resilience.

This is How We Survive is a creative resilience project that weaves together film, poetry, and live storytelling into a live group experience. Audiences are guided into a space of powerful human connection and guided reflection on themes of human survival and mental resilience. As well as delivering the experience in a range of schools and community spaces, the project involves the creation of a range of powerful digital resources that will be accessible for a wide diversity of groups and communities.

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“At Lead by Story, we are so honoured and excited to be able to share our creative storytelling project This is How We Survive as part of these dynamic pitch events. We believe deeply in the power of human connection and collaboration, so to communicate our idea in a room full of people who want to make a difference feels like the perfect space to be in.”

Will Small, Founder & Director

Youth Insearch Foundation

Youth Insearch Foundation will provide an evidence-based service to support youth aged 12 to 25 to reduce self-harm and prevent suicide through focussing on recovery from mental illness and trauma in a peer-led environment.

A social worker and peer worker will deliver the interventions across Tamworth and Gunnedah locations, supporting more than 45 youth over 12-months.

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“Youth Insearch is privileged to have the opportunity to share with the community, the work we do to support young people through lived experience peer support, to address childhood trauma and improve their mental health and wellbeing. This is an opportunity to make a profound shift in the suicide rates in regional communities and we look forward to the support from the community to deliver this solution.”

Stephen Lewin, CEO

Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Corporation girranggu - Walk towards life.

Tobwabba will employ a dedicated Crisis Support Worker to provide timely care and support to people at high risk of suicide and their families. The program includes a needs analysis with all relevant organisations and stakeholders in Forster and Tuncurry to develop a co-designed Worimi Suicide Prevention Model.

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“We work with our Worimi community, to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in the Forster Tuncurry and surrounding areas. Being involved in Pitch Night allows us to work with our community to develop a Worimi specific suicide prevention App, with our people at the heart.”

Angela Scotney, Community Health Coordinator

Events will be held in Belmont (April 9) and Tamworth (April 11).

Seats are limited so secure your free ticket today.

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