Grapevine Group’s Christmas wish is for everyone to learn the 16 warning signs [December 2022]

Christmas is once again upon us and Grapevine Group is reminding the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday communities to keep an eye on mates and loved ones, and to do their bit by learning the 16 warning signs of suicide. Grapevine president Debbie Knight is wishing for more to learn about what to look out for. “It’s a… Read more »

Mackay Sugar employees raise $13,850 for charity [October 2022]

In an outstanding display of dedication to making a difference in their community, Mackay Sugar employees have today donated $13,850 to Grapevine Group – a local grassroots organisation that raises funds and awareness for suicide prevention across the Mackay region. More than 180 Mackay Sugar employees contributed to the fundraiser by purchasing unique high-visibility uniforms,… Read more »

Thirteen-year Grapevine veteran’s efforts recognised with prestigious suicide prevention award [April 2022]

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 »