• National Zero Suicide Forum 2017



Welcome Tea / Coffee & Registrations


Mihi Whakatau  – Welcome

Witi Ashby, Kaitakawaenga, Mental Health Foundation


Keynote:  Zero suicide is not a target – it’s a system change 

David Covington, CEO and President, RI International, USA


Networking break

Morning tea provided


Keynote:  New Zealand’s suicide prevention strategy & resourcing / Q&A

Dr. John Crawshaw, Director of Mental Health, Ministry of Health

Facilitator:  Shaun Robinson


Case Study:  Our Journey to Zero – How the Gold Coast Mental Health & Specialist Services have reduced the incidence of suicide and are changing the mindset to prevent suicide

Dr. Kathryn Turner, Clinical Director, Gold Coast Mental Health & Specialist Services, Australia


Networking break

Lunch provided


Case Study:  A community-driven whole system approach to suicide prevention – lessons from Northern Ireland

Fergus Cumiskey, CEO, Contact, Northern Ireland


Informal networking break


Workshop Streams – choose 1 of 2; each stream will commence with a brief introduction by the Workshop Stream Facilitator and conclude with a Q&A session

Workshop stream 1 – Clinical / DHB stream

  1. How are we doing within the New Zealand DHB context?
    Dr. Steve Duffy, Canterbury DHB
  2. How can we move towards a Zero Suicide pathway?
    Dr. Kathryn Turner and others
  3. Building capacity
    David Covington, CEO & President, RI International, USA

Workshop stream 2 – Community and NGO stream

  1. Shaping the suicide conversation
    Shaun Robinson, Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation
  2. Reaching Maori and Pasifika communities with innovative approaches
    Abba Fidow, Senior Manager, Le Va
    Maria Baker, CEO, Te Rau Matatini
  3. Incorporating the Lived Experience
    Warren Brown, Chair, STAROS Affected by Suicide Support Trust
    Virginia Brooks, Community Engagement / Health Promoter, Mental Health Foundation
  4. Building the capability
    Abba Fidow, Senior Manager, Le Va
    Liz Hosking, Service Delivery Manager for Earlier Mental Health Response Team, Homecare Medical
    Glenda Schnell, Executive Director, Lifeline
  5. Supporting individuals and communities after suicide
    Roger Shave, Clinical Manager, CASA
  6. Dealing effectively with traumatic experiences
    Annie Overton, Ministry of Education


Networking break

Afternoon tea provided


Panel Discussion: Joining the Dots – Next steps in building a co-ordinated community response to suicide prevention and tackling the funding issues

David Covington, CEO & President, RI International, USA, Shaun Robinson, Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation and Dr. Steve Duffy, Canterbury DHB


Close & networking
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