Helplines Best Practices

Updates from the Helplines Best Practices Special Interest Group

About the IASP Helplines SIG

Our objective is to pursue a shared interest in Helplines for suicide prevention, with a view to making a substantive contribution to improved understanding, practice or policy relating to their operation, effectiveness and impact.

Spotlight on Helpline Programs & Research

SIG member Tony Fitzgerald shares innovation My Circle, a free, private, safe and anonymous social platform for 13-25 year olds. My Circle allows young people to talk to others in their age group experiencing similar challenges, with topics to choose from including mental health, school and work, bullying and harassment, family and friend relationships, and many more. Teens can ask questions and have supportive conversations with others to learn positive coping methods. My Circle runs using a platform called HumHub; it's secure and can be used from a mobile phone, laptop or desktop, or tablet. My Circle is a program under kidshelpline, Australia’s only free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. Kidshelpline is a service provided by YourTown, Australia, an organization that helps young people access jobs, learn skills, become great parents, and live safer, happier lives.

 

Announcements

Calling all submissions

  • The International Journal for Environmental Research & Public Health is seeking submissions on Suicide Bereavement and Postvention: Advances in Research, Practice and Policy. The deadline for submissions is 31st July, 2022. Read more here. Any questions can be directed to SIG member, Karl Andriessen at andriessen@unimelb.edu.au.

SIG Virtual Meet-up - held on October 28th, 2021

  • We gathered to discuss general SIG updates, and members voiced suggestions on future SIG content.
  • Please find a copy of the meeting minutes here. We look forward to meeting again this year.

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