Year in Review – 2016 [Dec 2016]

By Laurence Manning President, Grapevine Group Mackay Our community is speaking more freely about suicide prevention and mental health. And if there is an achievement to be grateful for in 2016, it is this one. Certainly, there is still a lot of work to be done – and this hasn’t happened overnight, but through the… Read more »

Latest figures prompt call to action [Sep 2016]

There is something we can do. That is the message from Grapevine Group in response to the latest national suicide figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) this week. The figures show suicide is still the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44. In 2015, for the first time, the number of… Read more »

Grapevine Group celebrates lifesaving milestone [Sept 2016]

It’s the kind of milestone which saves lives; and one which is more important than ever in the Mackay region. This week, Grapevine Group marked the 3000th person to complete the SafeTalk suicide prevention program in the Mackay region. Grapevine president Laurence Manning said the milestone was reached thanks to the efforts of The Daily… Read more »

Grapevine welcomes annual funding [April 2017]

Grapevine Group Mackay has welcomed a $20,000 funding boost thanks to the success of 2016 Run for MI Life events. “We cannot do what we do without the support of Run for MI Life, Grapevine Group president, Laurence Manning said. “They have always been an incredible supporter of Grapevine Group. “It’s this kind of funding… Read more »

Grapevine asks Prime Minister for National Summit on Suicide Prevention & Mental Health

Jo Shanks, Paul Kelly and Laurence Manningon behalf of the Grapevine Group met with the Prime Minister Tony Abbot on Monday May 18, 2015 and highlighted the suicide problem in the Mackay region and the stigma associated with mental health. Although one death is too many our region’s statistics are far too high. Grapevine Group… Read more »


“Significant mining and associated companies had made major contributions to Mackay Grapevine Group’s efforts to prevent suicide and destigmatise mental health” Grapevine President, Laurence Manning said at the launch of a Grapevine branded dragline bucket on Friday 20th of November, 2015. He said the branding of a giant mining dragline bucket with Grapevine’s logo and… Read more »