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The StandBy Response Service is a community-based postvention program delivered by Northern Rivers Social Development Council providing 24-hour response to friends, families, associates and communities bereaved by suicide. Suicide is a time of immense crisis and the tragedy of suicide loss can create trauma, deeply affecting individuals, families and entire communities. In many cases those bereaved do not know where to turn for help or how to find supports that may already exist. The Standby Response Service provides a reliable single point of service coordination and contact, offering respect, understanding and support for the health and well being of people bereaved by suicide, Call 0417 119298 - 24 hours 7 days per week

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World Car Free Day Challenge World Car Free Day Challenge

Date added: 10/05/2011
Date modified: 10/05/2011
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Get on board and go car free on Thursday, September 22 to celebrate World Car Free Day. Join people around the world by walking, riding a bike, skateboarding or taking the bus to work or study on this day, then tell NRSDC transport development workers Kate Geary and Linda Wirf your story about going car free. (Sept 12)

Lived Experience Project tackles mental health Lived Experience Project tackles mental health

Date added: 03/07/2012
Date modified: 03/07/2012
Filesize: 326 kB
Downloads: 1645


A ground-breaking new project designed to educate people with a lived experience of mental illness and help them enter paid employment in the mental health sector is now underway and getting great results. The Lived Experience Project (LEP), an initiative of the Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC), currently has 29 participants across the Northern Rivers region preparing to become peer support workers while studying Certificate IV in Community Services at ACE North Coast.

Lived Experience Leading the Way Lived Experience Leading the Way

Date added: 08/17/2012
Date modified: 08/17/2012
Filesize: 327 kB
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 Graduates set to change the future of mental health services

25 North Coast students that have taken part in the innovative Lived Experience Project are set to graduate with a Certificate IV in Community Services and Mental Health in an inspiring ceremony scheduled to be held on Thursday 16th August 2012 at the Byron Bay Community Centre. All students have a lived experience of mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Eating Disorder and all of them have completed the long hard journey of re-entering education and completing work experience placements to ensure they are able to make the transition into employment as peer workers in mental health and community services. For some of the students it has been more than 23 years since they have been in a classroom and for others it has been more than 20 years since they had a job. The Lived Experience Project prioritises the social inclusion of people with mental illness and intends to celebrate the student’s achievements in study and work with a keynote address by mental health academic and visionary for change – Anthony Stratford from MIND Australia.


Budget A Promising Start Budget A Promising Start

Date added: 05/16/2008
Date modified: 05/16/2008
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Community Sector Ball Awards finalists announced Community Sector Ball Awards finalists announced

Date added: 11/08/2011
Date modified: 11/08/2011
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After careful deliberation by a panel of judges, including Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell, Page MP Janelle Saffin, RDA NR Chair Ian Tiley and Ben Roche from SCU, a selection of Northern Rivers community services workers have been short-listed as finalists for the Community Sector Ball Awards. Award winners will be announced at the Community Sector Ball and Awards Night on Saturday, November 5 and major prizes will be presented by award sponsor North Coast Community Housing.

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