Author: Debbie Knight

Three new safeTALK Trainers! Trio qualify to deliver lifesaving training

Grapevine Group 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… Read more »

Grapevine Group reaches major milestone for safeTALK training [May 2021]

This week, Grapevine Group announced that 6000 people have now completed suicide prevention training in Mackay, Isaac and the Whitsunday regions and they want more to do the free life-saving training. The Mackay Regional Council has been the largest contributor to the training numbers with 289 of their staff undergoing safeTALK training. “From humble beginnings… Read more »

Mackay community encouraged to download life-saving app and be suicide-alert this Christmas [November 2020]

Above: Leaders from the Mackay community have lent their voices to the Be Suicide Alert this Christmas campaign. With Christmas looming Grapevine Group, as part of their annual Christmas campaign, is asking the community to keep an eye on friends, colleagues and loved ones and encouraging smart phone users to download their new free phone… Read more »

Free life-saving phone app soon to be available to the community [October 2020]

An innovative phone app containing up-to-date local suicide prevention resources for the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions will soon be available for download. Grapevine Group president Debbie Knight said that the phone app, developed by local IT specialists iScape, will make sure that information containing suicide prevention services and resources will be at the community’s… Read more »

Grapevine wins national award [September 2020]

Suicide Prevention Australia has just announced Grapevine Group is the winner of a highly respected national LiFE Award. It is a special moment for our organisation. Grapevine volunteers have worked for the past 16 years to save lives in the Mackay region. Only six national Suicide Prevention Australia LiFE Awards are given out annually in… Read more »

Annual appeal for local suicide prevention [September 2020]

The Mackay community is encouraged to dig deep to help Grapevine Group reach their $40,000 target as part of their first annual appeal. Grapevine President Debbie Knight said the goal of $40,000 would make sure the charity would continue to make a difference. “To date, Grapevine has trained over 5,600 people in the Mackay region… Read more »

safeTALK resumes [July 2020]

Sign up to safeTALK and learn the warning signs to save a life The Mackay community is being encouraged to sign up for free, life-saving training this August and September. Public safeTALK suicide prevention training is once again available thanks to the Grapevine Group with a session organised for August, and two opportunities in September…. Read more »