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Pitch night to identify worthy suicide prevention program


If you had $300,000 to spend on suicide prevention, what program would you choose to support? 

That’s the question Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) is hoping you can help them with. 

The not-for-profit organisation is seeking to financially assist a suicide prevention program that will directly benefit the community. 

And, then provide them with financial assistance they might need to do their good work. 

To identify suitable programs, the community is invited to attend one of two pitch nights to decide where money would be best spent. 

The events will be co-hosted by PHN and The Funding Network and held at Belmont, Lake Macquarie on April 9 and Tamworth on April 11. 

At the event pitch night attendees will be provided with a cheque for $1500 from PHN. 

They will hear pitch presentations from four PHN-selected suicide prevention programs, before deciding which most closely meets the community’s needs and therefore allocating their funds to them. 

“Suicide is one of the greatest preventable public health and social issues in Australia,” says HNECC PHN, Chief Executive Officer Richard Nankervis. 

“There is a ripple effect that is long-lasting, far-reaching and deeply felt by individuals, families, communities and in schools, tertiary institutions and workplaces across Australia. 

“The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that in the last reporting period (2022) the second greatest number of deaths by suicide occurred in the Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN region, which equated to 187 people.

“To address these alarming statistics, there is a higher need for suicide prevention and intervention services targeted to local communities and the issues they’re facing.” 

The PHN is inviting local community members, businesses, organisations and entrepreneurs to join them for an evening of impact and storytelling featuring suicide prevention programs. 

Further details about the pitch evenings can be found on the PHN website. 

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