Author: Debbie Knight

Thirteen-year Grapevine veteran’s efforts recognised with prestigious suicide prevention award

Grapevine Group’s training coordinator Edie Weiss has been awarded a highly regarded LiFE Award by national body Suicide Prevention Australia for her outstanding contribution to the Queensland community. Some of Ms Weiss’ significant contributions include personally training more than 5000 people in suicide prevention through 164 safeTALK sessions, coordinating Grapevine Group’s 3-hour safeTALK training and… Read more »

Grapevine Group reminds locals to be on alert for co-workers, friends and family this Christmas [December 2021]

With Christmas just around the corner, Mackay’s Grapevine Group wants to remind us all to keep an eye on friends, loved ones and colleagues because this time of year can prove to be the most difficult for some. According to Grapevine president Debbie Knight, Christmas can be especially hard and isolating. “Some people have strained… Read more »

Community asked to help save lives by sharing suicide prevention app with those they care about [October 2021]

This month sees Grapevine Group launch its Sharing is Caring campaign by encouraging the community to get involved and download their free app then share it with colleagues, friends and teammates. Grapevine president Debbie Knight said the life-saving app is a result of many years of hard work by dedicated volunteers. “We hope the Mackay,… Read more »

Three new safeTALK Trainers! Trio qualify to deliver lifesaving training [July 2021]

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 »