Politics in the Pub on Australia’s silent epidemic

Posted on Nov 2, 2015

Politics in the Pub looks at suicide – a topic not often discussed in the public arena and yet one which is fast becoming a major public health issue in Australia. In this Q&A-style event panellists will discuss their personal experiences, share their knowledge as educators and will take questions from the audience. Expert panellists include Jacinta Hawgood (Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention), Dr David Swanton (Exit International), Jorgen Gullestrup (Mates in Construction), Justin Geange (Suicide Prevention Australia Lived Experience Project) and Bronwen Edwards (Roses in the Ocean).

The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention summarises the issue well: “Suicide is one of the most daunting human tragedies and a serious public health problem. It is estimated that suicide affects the lives of six more people, including relatives, friends and work colleagues of the deceased.”

The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, a program of Communify Queensland, has been hosting Politics in the Pub events for 15 years. Each event offers a different topic which all members of the community can engage in, debate and discuss.

“Suicide: Let’s talk about our silent epidemic” will be held on Wednesday November 18 from 6-8pm at the Brisbane Powerhouse’s Turbine Platform, New Farm. It’s a free event and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please visit our Facebook event page for updates and further details.