Wrap up of the National Suicide Prevention Conference.

Well now that the conference is over it's time to reflect on what I've learnt and how I can now apply that knowledge to my future work in order to achieve positive outcomes for the community as a whole.

While there were around 200 people taking part in the conference the people from Suicide Prevention Australia were very welcoming to me, and for that I thank them.

Unfortunately I didnt get to deliver my talk entitled "Living with Laughter" due to there not being enough time in the schedule. As it was, each session ran overtime to varying degrees.

I did get some feeback though from the review panel that read my submission and for the most part it was positive. There were a couple of concerns that it wasnt "research" based enough and maybe it was that also that played against me.

There were so many speakers that were professors and doctors and industry experts from all around the world that maybe I was just not clinical enough for them.

I'll let you be the judge as my next blog will contain the entire talk as submitted and as I would have delivered it. It's quite personal, and for what it's worth, I'm quite proud of it.

S.P.A have expressed an interest in me possibly becomming involved in the co-ordination of their fundraising comedy nights entitled "No Laughing Matter" which I'd be more than happy, and even proud to be a part of. So we will see what develops there.

As for everything I learnt at the conference, I think what I need to do it sit with the info for a few days and then write up an overview. It's been quite emotional I have to say and I'd really like to just step back from it while I re-gather my thoughts.

Very worthhile experience though, and once again , thanks to Suicide Prevention Australia for the invitation to be involved.


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