LiFE Awards

In 2023, the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network (TSPCN) will be celebrating the 18th Annual LiFE Awards recognising excellence in suicide prevention.

The awards acknowledge and celebrate the life affirming work in suicide prevention that Tasmanians are doing across the state. This prestigious state-wide event attracts diverse nominations with an interest in suicide prevention and support of those affected by suicide across Tasmania.  

Nominees typically range from grass-roots community-based organisations to mainstream organisations and dedicated individuals. The awards celebrate the commitment and energy of the nominees and their vital contribution to the reduction of suicide within our communities.

Suicide prevention can look like many things. Previous nominations have included grass root programs such as art initiatives to spread kindness, to crisis intervention work such as those actively engaging and working to support people experiencing suicidality.

Each and every nomination is important to showcase the important work around Tasmania.

You can contact us via TSPCN@reltas.com.au if you would like more information or support writing your nomination.

Nominations close Sunday 12 February 2023

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Nominations

There are five award categories to choose from, which you can explore below. You can nominate an individual, group, service, organisation, or business that is contributing to suicide prevention in Tasmania.

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Do you know, or have you had experience of a workplace that really makes a difference to its employees in its prevention and response to suicide? Nominations are encouraged from peers, members of the community, and organisations.

The Best Practice in Suicide Prevention in a Workplace LiFE Award recognises a workplace demonstrating an outstanding commitment to preventing suicide amongst its employees. These are businesses and organisations that provide significant support to their employees, assisting the health and sustainability of their workforce.

This award recognises the good work that is done by workplaces that help their employees in providing structures and supports that prevent suicide and/or assist if they have been impacted by suicide. The workplace will reflect best practice and can be held up as an example of excellence.

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Do you know a community that is working to prevent and/or reduce the impact of suicide? A ‘community’ can include people from the same town/city, a sports club, a hobby group or any group who work together to prevent suicide in the community.

The Communities in Action for Suicide Prevention LiFE Award recognises the critical role that communities play in identifying and taking action in suicide prevention. This may involve the development of a local plan for mental wellbeing and suicide prevention, or an activity that brings the community together to facilitate social connection and provides opportunities to talk about mental health and suicide prevention. This award acknowledges that communities working together are at the heart of suicide prevention strategies.

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Do you know someone who has taken innovative action to address, prevent, or respond to suicidal behaviours and their impact on the local community? Or has contributed to greater knowledge, insights or innovations in suicide prevention in the field of research? This category works to recognise those emerging in the suicide prevention space and/or contributing to the future of effective suicide prevention strategies.

The Innovative Practice and Research LiFE Award recognises innovative practices and research to strengthen our understanding of effective suicide prevention, intervention and postvention strategies. This category highlights initiatives which may target recent events which threaten mental health (such as COVID -19) and recognises research into strengthening best practice in suicide prevention.

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Do you know someone aged 30 or under who makes a difference to the lives of people and communities impacted by suicide?

The Outstanding Contribution by a Young Person LiFE Award recognises the young people (aged 30 or under) who work to reduce the rate and impact of suicide in Tasmania. This award recognises the young people who show commitment and passion in promoting positive wellbeing and suicide prevention, whether by volunteering, or by going above and beyond in their paid positions. This award highlights the importance of the power of change that young Tasmanians have in this space.

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Do you know someone who makes an exceptional difference to the lives of people and communities impacted by suicide?

The Outstanding Contribution LiFE Award recognises the people who work to reduce the rate and impact of suicide in Tasmania, who have tremendous heart, skills and experience. Whether they are volunteers or working in paid positions, it is through their efforts, insight, and initiative that our communities become stronger and more resilient. They work tirelessly to make sure that those who are thinking that life is not worth living are given the right tools to get them back on track. They support individuals and communities, and stand up for better services in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

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Award Recipients

With thanks to our award sponsors, each category winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 to be used for education, research, activity, or resources related to suicide prevention, intervention or postvention.

Previous award winners have chosen to use the funds to best meet the needs of their community, for example:

  • To deliver mental health or suicide prevention training to employees or the community.
  • To engage a speaker to address their community and further increase awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.
  • To organise a community event recognising World Suicide Prevention Day.
  • To attend the National Suicide Prevention Australia Conference.

Award recipients are nominated for a National LiFE Award, which are organised by Suicide Prevention Australia. Finalists will be recognised at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in May 2023.

Nomination Guidelines

Completing a Nomination

Nominations can be made by completing a Nomination Form. Individuals, groups, or organisations can be nominated across multiple years and categories. LiFE Awards recipients can reapply after one year has elapsed (i.e., if awarded in 2020, you cannot reapply until 2022). An organisation may nominate a different campaign, event, or initiative on the condition that there is significant difference to the previous year’s LiFE Award.

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Suicide Prevention Project Officers are available to assist throughout the nomination process. For further information or clarification please contact a Suicide Prevention Project Officer at Relationships Australia Tasmania by calling 1300 364 277 or emailing tspcn@reltas.com.au.

Judging

The judging panel will be comprised of three independent judges; a representative with lived experience, an active Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network (TSPCN) member and a representative from a governing body. The judging panel will assess entries against the following criteria:

  1. What the nominee does in their role/s. What personal values and skills they bring to suicide prevention.
  2. What the benefits/impacts of the nominee’s contribution in suicide prevention are to the Tasmanian community.

Completed nomination must be received by 11.59pm Sunday 12th February 2023

Nominations can be submitted online, by email to tspcn@reltas.com.au, or by post to:

Suicide Prevention Project Officers
Tasmanian LiFE Awards
Relationships Australia
38 Montpelier Retreat
Battery Point 7004

For further information or clarification please contact a Suicide Prevention Project Officer at Relationships Australia Tasmania by calling 1300 364 277 or emailing tspcn@reltas.com.au