Life-saving online training available for Mackay community [May 2020]

Mackay’s Grapevine Group is making an online suicide prevention training program available for free to help recognise when someone is having suicidal thoughts and how to respond to keep that person safe. The program is called “Start” and is provided by LivingWorks, a recognised world leader in suicide prevention training. It is a 60-minute online… 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 »

Grapevine’s youngest volunteer wins Queensland Humanity Award [Nov 2019]

Mackay boy’s heart of gold takes out Queensland award Tage Guzowski has taken out the gong for the Fred Hollows Humanity Awards being named this year’s Queensland Junior Ambassador for his work towards suicide prevention with the Grapevine Group. Tage was nominated by proud mum and a Grapevine Group founder Debbie Knight who says she… 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 »