CALM launch Bright Minds: Connected Communities suicide prevention program

Community Activities Lake Macquarie have been granted funding from the NSW Ministry of Health through the Suicide Prevention Fund, to deliver a 3 year suicide prevention program in the Lake Macquarie LGA. As an extension of the existing Bright Minds Project that was created by local young people, the Bright Minds: Connected Communities program will deliver three of the nine Lifespan strategies developed by the Black Dog Institute.

In partnership with the Lake Macquarie Suicide Prevention Network, Interrelate Connect and CAMHS Lake Macquarie, the project will link together multiple services to deliver:

  • FREE ASIST Suicide Intervention training and SafeTalk workshops to Teachers, Emergency Services workers and Youth Workers
  • The creation and distribution of prevention and post-vention information packs specifically for young people and indigenous community members
  • The delivery of youth led Workshops for High School students and follow up focus groups from mental health professionals


The project is due to commence in mid July 2017 and concludes in June 2020.

For more information contact Bradley Dunn at CALM on 49503811 or email

Mental Health Month LGBTI grants – applications now open!

Each year a number of small grants are offered to assist the staging of mental health promotion activities or events during October’s Mental Health Month.ACON sponsors grants for projects focusing specifically on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities. There are 4 x $1000 grants and 2 x $500 grants available.

Follow this link to apply.

Carly’s Law

Young Australians will have greater protection from the grooming of online predators under tough new laws to be introduced by the Australian Government. Carly’s Law will make it a crime for an adult to use a carriage service to commit an act in preparation for, or planning to, cause harm to or engage in or procure sexual activity with a minor. Importantly, this will include those who misrepresent their age.

Carly’s Law is the result of a tireless crusade by Adelaide mother Sonya Ryan, whose 15 year old daughter Carly was murdered a decade ago by an online predator posing as a teenage boy.

Carly’s Law will enable law enforcement agencies to take action against predators sooner and with greater consequence. It will give police the power to intervene before predators have a chance to act, and will also serve as a strong deterrent, with a tough new sentence of 10 years prison for convicted offenders.

To read more, follow this link.

NDIS word list & glossary

There is a range new terms and phrases related to the National Disability Insurance Scheme that will be important for those whose work involves the scheme. An NDIS Glossary is now available online and includes important terms and key phases. An illustrated Easy English version is also available to download.


Youth Action Training Opportunities

It is a time of significant change in the youth sector in NSW and the work of youth services is as important as ever.

To keep services up-to-date with how these changes might impact them, and to help with strategies on how to manage the change, Youth Action has put together a training series:

  • Outcomes and evidence-based practice
  • Working in complex client-oriented systems
  • Managing change in your organisation.

For more info, or to register, follow this link.

The 1st Annual NSW Social Innovation Summit

Community Compass Presents
The 1st Annual NSW Social Innovation Summit

Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Held at the University of Newcastle, Central Coast Campus, Ourimbah, New South Wales, Australia

Social Innovations are new strategies, concepts and ideas that have demonstrated application in addressing social needs and issues in society. This Summit will showcase new innovative projects and approaches that are demonstrated as having a social impact across the most prevalent social issues of Australian communities today.

For more info and to book, follow this link.