The Dr Edward Koch Foundation has created many useful resources through its ongoing work in suicide prevention. Below are links for each resource. 

Community Flowcharts

Keeping Them Safe DVD

The Recovery Room


Community Flowcharts

A flow chart has been developed by the foundation specific to individual local communities. It acts as a guide for community members when working with people at risk of self-harm and suicide and provides referral contacts and information on suicide and other mental health concerns. It is anticipated that there will be a flowchart for every community of Far North Queensland. Below is a list of flowcharts that have been developed to date.

Babinda Community Flowchart

Cairns Community Flowchart

Cardwell Community Flowchart

Coen Community Flowchart

Cooktown Community Flowchart

Hopevale Community Flowchart

Innisfail Community Flowchart

Jumban Community Flowchart - currently being updated

Kowanyama Community Flowchart - currently being updated

Lockhart River Community Flowchart -currently being updated

Mapoon Community Flowchart

Mission Beach Tully Community Flowchart

Mossman Port Douglas Community Flowchart

Napranum Community Flowchart

Normanton Community Flowchart - currently being updated

Northern Penninsula Community Flowchart

Northern Tablelands Community Flowchart

Southern Tablelands Community Flowchart

Weipa Community Flowchart

Wujal Wujal Community Flowchart


Keeping Them Safe DVD

A preventative DVD targeted at parents of young people has been developed by the Foundation.

Events such as a family relationship breakdown, a new school environment, peer bullying or drug use can impact on a young person’s state of mind and it is important to take notice of any young person if they show changes in behaviour, especially if their life situation has altered.

The 30-minute DVD, which was produced by Big Hat Productions, is an important resource for the Life Youth Suicide Prevention Program. The DVD offers practical suggestions for parents to reach out and support their teenagers, or their teenager’s friends. The Big Hat Production team has done an incredible job to bring all the information together and deliver it in a way that can be easily understood.

Thank you to Coral Coast Riders through their annual Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer event and annual Cairns Ironman moto-support team, the Cairns Barrier Reef Lions Club and Cairns Lions Club, and local actors who volunteered their time for the DVD.

The Recovery Room

The Recovery Room Project aims to reduce the stigma of mental health or illness, and increase wellness - helping us learn how to cope with life’s great challenges, recover, and regain hope. The Cairns Post is publishing in its Saturday supplement - the Cairns Eye - a variety of articles that seek to improve the general well-being of our community, inform about services and ways to help ourselves, our mates and loved ones. Professionals working in many helping fields are contributing these articles, and the topics covered demonstrate that anyone can need help with their mental health, just as they can with a physical illness. The articles will offer information about services both locally and online. There is so much help available. It’s good to know that you are not alone.

Stigma-busting:
“If it is hard to cope with trouble it is not a sign of inadequacy, stupidity or inferiority, rather an inescapable part of life” (Anne Flanders).

Understanding:
“There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with our first great sorrow. Before we know what it is to have despaired and to have recovered hope.”
(George Elliott)

Giving hope:
“Dark moments are short corridors leading to sunlit rooms”. (source unknown).

Helping others:
“I like the idea of helping people help people”
Bryan Adams (singer-song writer and guitarist)

The Recovery Room is an initiative of the FNQ Suicide Prevention Taskforce.
Copies of the articles published in the Cairns Eye with additional information can be downloaded below. Please use our contact button on this website for any queries.

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