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14 July, 2021

Heard it on the grapevine

GRAPEVINE Group have proudly announced three new safeTALK trainers to bolster their suicide prevention arsenal. Tania Leeson, Gerri Kissner and Barry Scoble recently completed the course to qualify as certified safeTALK trainers.


GRAPEVINE Group have proudly announced three new safeTALK trainers to bolster their suicide prevention arsenal.

Tania Leeson, Gerri Kissner and Barry Scoble recently completed the course to qualify as certified safeTALK trainers.

Mrs Leeson, a Community Development Officer specialising in mental health for the Mackay Regional Council said safeTALK is a game changer.

“It’s an opportunity that council is excited to be involved with.

“We want to see as many residents as possible know where to find local help and possess the skills to support colleagues and loved ones,” Mrs Leeson said.

Mrs Leeson will be able to provide training in community halls and libraries to the public and to council staff throughout the Mackay region.

For Gerri Kissner, suicide prevention is about reading the telltale signs.

“Knowing how to recognise signs that someone has thoughts of suicide and how to help, is something everyone in the community should learn.

“By attending a safeTALK workshop, people can help to lower the rate of suicide in their community.

“Everyone can contribute and by being a safeTALK trainer I can help spread the word,” Miss Kissner said.

And as a mining supervisor Barry Scoble believes the key to reducing stigma and the number of attempts from suicide is education.

“It is important for the mining industry to get the word out about suicide prevention especially with camp life having such an impact on men and women away from home.

“I’m part of my wife Sonya’s MAD Cow Coffee team and through the work she does with suicide awareness we’re giving back to the community as a legacy to our son who we lost to suicide.

“Thanks to this training, I am able to help get even more awareness out there after attending the course,” Mr Scoble said.

For local help or to sign up for safeTALK, download the Grapevine Group app or go to www. grapevinegroup.org.au  


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