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Congratulations to the Ripple Effect Digital Storytelling Workshop Team

A team of 12 dedicated, generous and passionate people from the farming community across three states came together recently to attend the Ripple Effect Digital Storytelling Workshop at Swinburne University from 3-5th of February. The three days of forming new friendships, learning new skills and creating powerful and inspiring personal stories was challenging but incredibly rewarding. Look out for these stories of overcoming suicide stigma on the Ripple Effect website - due for launch mid 2016.

The workshop was very generously sponsored by the Geelong Gentleman's Lunch.

What would you want to tell someone who might be going through a tough time? What message would you give them?  

We know that no one tells a story about life on the land—it's ups and it's downs—better than farmers themselves. We also know that people in farming communities are renowned for helping each other. At the Ripple Effect, part of helping each other involves telling your story.

We have reached an important point in the development of the Ripple Effect, with people from farming communities across Australia being invited to provide their message about an experience of suicide.

By sharing your message, you can help others learn and act to make positive changes for your own and other's health and wellbeing. We know that this kind of communication helps protect people’s wellbeing. Participation is anonymous, personalised, and with people who understand what life in a rural farming community is really like.  All you need to do is fill in and return a Ripple Effect postcard. 

Your message will become part of the Ripple Effect website.

To request a postcard (or several, if you know of others who would like to pass on their message) visit www.therippleeffect.com.au, email alison.kennedy@wdhs.net or phone the National Centre for Farmer Health on (03) 5551 8533.

WE NEED YOU!

1. Be one of the first to participate in and pilot the full Ripple Effect website!

As we get closer to the launch of the Ripple Effect we are looking for participants to take part in the pilot launch of the website. If you have a personal experience of suicide and want to tell your story, experience other people's stories, learn more about how you can reduce the stigma around rural suicide, and help us iron out any hiccups along the way—this is for you!

2. Calling for community champions! 

Just a reminder that we are currently calling for expressions of interest from people who would like to take on a Community Champion role with the Ripple Effect. This would require:

  • Attendance of an online training session
  • Sharing your knowledge about the Ripple Effect across your farming community networks. How you share this information will be up to you. It could be speaking publically about the Ripple Effect to your community, sending emails to your contact list, putting posters up around your community, distributing Ripple Effect postcards, and so on.
Community Champions will be provided with a Communication Pack to help you achieve your goals of spreading the positive ripple of support.

3. Visit the new introductory Ripple Effect website

Want more information about the Ripple Effect? Want to order Ripple Effect postcards? Want to view the Ripple Effect video? You can do all this on our introductory website. Please keep in mind that this is an introductory site and the full Ripple Effect website will not be launched until the middle of this year.

www.therippleeffect.com.au

To register your interest in helping spread the positive ripple of support in any of these ways please visit the website, email alison.kennedy@wdhs.net or phone the National Centre for Farmer Health on (03) 5551 8533.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support of the Ripple Effect. 
The Ripple Effect has been developed by the NCFH, Deakin University, the VFF, AgChatOZ, MIFNQ, Sandpit and WDHS as part of beyondblue's STRIDE Project with donations from the Movember foundation.
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National Centre for Farmer Health
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Hamilton VIC 3300