Author: Debbie Knight

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 »

Businesses, sports and community organisations urged to make safeTALK a New Year’s resolution [Jan 2020]

Mackay’s own Grapevine Group has kicked off 2020 with their unwavering and continued focus on suicide prevention offering free private safeTALK sessions to businesses and organisations to help identify someone at risk of suicide, help develop the confidence to talk about suicide and link those at risk to resources. Grapevine Group President Debbie Knight said… Read more »

Look out for friends and family this Christmas [Dec 2019]

‘BE SUICIDE ALERT THIS CHRISTMAS’ CAMPAIGN Look out for friends and family this Christmas Christmas is just around the corner and the Grapevine Group is urging the community to check on friends and family this festive season. While most of us spend this time of the year with our own social circle swapping presents and… Read more »

Mackay hairdressers and barbers training to save lives [Oct 2019]

Thanks to the Grapevine Group and Mackay Women’s Services, the region is set to launch a suicide prevention and domestic violence initiative “Heart to Heart Hairdressers” on October 8 with hopes to make a significant mark in the fight against both issues. Free awareness training will be held specifically for hairdressers and barbers, selected because… Read more »

Big guns train hundreds to save lives [Sept 2019]

Mackay Regional Council and Mackay Cutters have safeTALK trained hundreds of their staff and players respectively to help those finding life difficult. safeTALK is an initiative from locally-founded Grapevine Group which has now collectively suicide prevention trained 5000 people to recognise warning signs and have the knowledge and confidence to have a conversation around suicide… Read more »

Suicide prevention group hits 15-year milestone [Sep 2019]

It was in 2004 when seven friends lost someone dear to suicide and together they vowed to do more towards suicide prevention in Mackay. That day saw the beginning of the Grapevine Group, which 15 years later continues the good fight against suicide. In this time, Grapevine Group has trained 5000 people in suicide prevention… Read more »