Physical Therapy for Herniated Disc and Back Pain

Do you suffer from chronic back pain? Physical therapy can be very instrumental in managing chronic pain. Call the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers to request a consultation today.

The goal of Physical therapy is to improve functionality as well as to relieve pain. There are two forms of physical therapy: passive and active.

Passive Physical Therapy Options

A passive physical therapy option is defined as a service or procedure that the patient receives from the practitioner, or administers to themselves.

Examples of passive physical therapy options include the following:

  1. Heat and Cold Therapy: Heat therapy involves the application of a heat pack, and cold therapy involves the application of an ice pack. Individual patients tend to gravitate toward one or the other. During an episode of pain, these therapies may be applied for 10-20 minutes, around every two hours, or as needed.
  2. Iontophoresis: Iontophoresis delivers steroids through the skin with the accelerating power of an electrical current. First a steroid is applied to the skin,  and then an electrical current is applied that causes it to penetrate into the tissues. Steroids produce an anti-inflammatory effect, which in turn reduces pain. 
  3. TENS Units for Electrotherapy: A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) unit uses electrical stimulation to override pain signals that are sent to the brain.
  4. Ultrasound: During this treatment, sound waves are applied, which penetrate into the soft tissues. Ultrasound can be very effective in managing acute episodes of pain and may enhance tissue healing.

Active Physical Therapy:

Active physical therapy, focuses on specific exercises and stretching. For most lower back pain treatments, active exercise is the focus of the physical therapy program. You may think that exercise is counter-intuitive when you are already in pain, but it can actually be quite beneficial.  For example: the stability of the lower back is largely dependent on the support of the abdominal muscles. Strengthening the abdominal muscles results in less pressure on the lower back, resulting in pain reduction. In addition, exercise will improve your overall wellness.

A trained physical therapist can review the specifics of your condition and recommend a specific treatment regimen. If you are interested in receiving either passive or active physical therapy for your herniated disc back pain, call the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers and request an appointment today.

The best physical therapy is not as good as the natural function of the body. In this body’s self-healing process, good sleep quality plays a decisive role. And a good mattress will undoubtedly play a decisive role in the quality of sleep. There are many types of mattresses, and the firm mattress has a very good relief effect on backache. Today we will talk about the difference between synthetic and “natural” latex.

I hear from people all the time that are looking for a latex mattress, and after doing some research are even more confused than when they began.

What is the difference between synthetic and “natural” latex? Are there real differences in comfort and durability between them? And when they realize that both of these flavors of latex are made using 2 different processes — Talalay and Dunlop method — they tell me they can literally feel their brain about to explode.

That is why I came up with this little cheat sheet — the 5 most important things you need to know when looking at buying a latex mattress. These 5 tips will insure that you get the right latex mattress for you, but also insure that you don’t get taken if it somehow doesn’t work out for you by making sure you get a rock solid money back trial.

So whether you end up buying your latex mattress offline or online, here are my 5 tips to make sure you get the most comfortable latex mattress without getting taken:

  1. Get 100% Natural Latex For The Best Results And Longest LifespanAvoid synthetic latex or blends, as diluting Natural Latex reduces the buoyant, immediately responsive and highly elastic qualities only the genuine botanical stuff can offer.I believe our focus on all natural latex is why, in over 300 customer reviews, we have 91% saying they would refer our natural latex mattresses to a friend. This is much higher than the 80% overall satisfaction rating for latex beds that website Sleep Like The Dead cites based on its survey of over 16,000 actual mattress customers. And even more impressive compared to the 62% satisfaction rating for conventional inner springs.That is why I only sell natural latex mattress — they do cost a bit more than synthetic or synthetic blends, but the additional comfort is more than worth it.
  2. Buy From A Store That Sells Only Natural Latex And Knows How To Properly Blend The Right Densities And Kinds Of LatexYou can buy a latex mattress almost anywhere, but creating a mattress that has the right “recipe”, greatly affects the comfort, support, lifespan, and pressure relieving qualities of the bed.I feel so strongly about this that I make a yearly pilgrimage to our manufacturer’s factory and spend time testing all sorts of different types of natural latex, different densities, and different layerings to make sure our latex mattresses have the best possible feel.I think this is one of the main reasons we have such high ratings for our latex mattresses. All natural latex mattresses aren’t created equal — our attention to detail on both the quality of natural latex used in our mattresses along with the particular way we combine these different makes all the difference.
  3. Research The Mattress Through Real Customer Reviews — Look For At Least 30 Reviews With At Least A 4 Star RatingMake sure there are plenty of real customer reviews (not cherry picked third party “reviews”) on the latex mattress you are considering buying. Research shows that 30 reviews are a minimum to show the general range of reviews and give the ratings some reliability. And I set the minimum ratings at 4 stars — while all our ratings average 4 1/2 stars, I do think anything 4 stars an up shows that the mattress worked well for the majority of people trying it out.In my experience, reviews that meet these criteria can also help you get a feel for whether a particular mattress might make sense for you. On our site, I’ve broken out the reviews for each of our three models, so you can see each ones’ separate overall review of the ratings, along with the individual reviews that people have posted.I am often asked if our reviews are for real. And I understand people’s skepticism — looking around I do wonder myself if reviews I see are legitimate.I can say that with the software we use, I don’t have the ability to edit or change a review in any way. And as for whether the reviews are from real customers, with our 365 day money back trial, there just isn’t any incentive for us to try to manipulate the reviews. I want customers to get as realistic a view of how our mattresses work as they possibly can — I’m investing in every person that buys a mattress from us, and since I do lose a fair amount on every return, I want people to get the most accurate picture possible before buying our mattress.So if you look at our reviews, you will see that I include the whole range of people’s reviews. While 90%+ of our reviews are 4 – 5 star, you do see the occasional person who just didn’t care for them. And this is just how it is in reality — even the best received products sometimes don’t work out for people.So beware those sites or sellers that only offer glowing tributes. And of all the content out there, I really feel that the reviews are the most important — they get to the heart of the matter, if the mattress worked out for folks and why, and I find these reviews are often the best way to get a feel of whether a mattress might suit your particular comfort and sleep needs.
  4. Look For A Dealer With Strong Credentials — Like High BBB Ratings And Strong Customer Service Ratings and ReviewsI know that mattress retailers have lousy PR — in surveys, we often come in just one step ahead of used car salesmen.I do think the internet has done a lot to change this, though, by allowing businesses to be absolutely transparent about who they are and if they really do take care of their customers.That is why I decided early on to join the BBB and also have a third party site that allowed customers to review our customer service (formerly, now it is Ebay Commerce Network). In order to be transparent as possible, I post live links to our BBB ratings and our reviews on Ebay Commerce Network right at the top of every page. If you find a site that shows these sorts of badges but they aren’t live linked to a report or reviews, that is a red flag that you may need to look further into whether these credentials are valid.I’m proud we’ve earned an A rating from the BBB, as well as 5 Star, Trusted Store Status, from the Ebay Commerce Network (on over 250 customer reviews). These third party ratings show we do abide by our money back return policy, and also are responsive to our customers for any customer service issues that, despite our best efforts, do arise from time to time.When you are looking around, make sure you check other sellers out to make sure they also provide these levels of customer service — your latex mattress is a significant investment, and you want to make sure it is with a company you can trust.
  5. Make Sure That The Dealer Offers A Rock Solid Return Policy — Not A Store Credit — And That They Honor ThemLook for a company that offers a great trial period, and an easy, no hassle return policy. Make sure the dealer has been around awhile has reliable customer service, such as direct phone numbers, live chat, email communication, so if you have an issue after your purchase, help is readily available.I can’t tell you crucial this is. I often hear from folks that spent a lot of money on a mattress, and when it didn’t work out they just couldn’t return it. Or if they could, often they could only get store credit, but this wasn’t useful since there wasn’t another mattress in that store they wanted to try out.So ask up front what the return policy is, whether it is truly a money back return policy or store credit, how long it lasts, if there are any requirements on the condition of the mattress on a return, etc.I try to be as up front and clear about ours policies as possible. All of our mattresses come with a 365 day money back trial. And we do honor them and there are no “gotcha” clauses. You can read for yourself the reviews on our store on the Ebay Commerce Network to see that we do honor our policies.In addition, we have real people answering our phones every weekday 9 – 5 Central Time, and offer live chat and email as well for those who prefer these ways of contacting us.Customer service should likewise be a priority of whoever you buy from. Look for someone who also focuses on doing right by their customers with their money back trial as well as being easy to get ahold of in case some sort of problem arises.

I hope this guide has been helpful. And if you are interested in learning more about our line of all natural latex mattresses, we offer three easy to choose from options made using our own, special recipe of Natural Latex. In our customer reviews, 91% say they would recommend our latex mattresses to a friend, so I hope you will check them out and see if they might make sense for you.

Our Latex Mattress page offers all sorts of in-depth information as well as videos, answers to the most common questions we get, and you will also find all our customer reviews for our different mattresses. If you’d rather talk with someone or have questions you would like to get answered, just give us a call at 1-800-313-2591. We are available 9 – 5 CST, Monday – Friday, and our team has been with us for years and has specialized experience with latex mattresses and are happy to help you with any questions you may have.

Essential Tools for Home Music Production

Most musicians record at home these days, mainly because it is quick and easy and now well within the financial grasp of most. It’s great to be able to produce demos and get your ideas recorded as you want to hear them, but you can also produce professional quality recordings that are ready for distribution without breaking the bank.

USB Audio Interface

To get started you will need a method of connecting all of your microphones and instruments to your computer. There are lots of USB audio interface devices around for under $100 that will allow you to connect one or two instruments and/or microphones. But if you are serious, you are going to want to connect four input sources and you can do this with excellent quality equipment for around $200. All of these devices include high quality recording software, as used in the major studios.

Here’s a sample of some well priced quality units that you can buy wherever you are located.

Studio Monitors

You really should have good quality active/powered studio monitors that will deliver true, accurate sound results. A second low-cost output device, like a boom box, is also useful to ensure parts of your mix don’t disappear on cheaper sound systems.

These affordable monitors would be ideal.

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Stand-Mount Condenser Microphones

Even though they can be used for a wide variety of situations, large diaphragm microphones are most often used for capturing warm recordings of studio vocals. Small diaphragm microphones are better for drum overheads or acoustic string instruments. For a basic singer-songwriter set up, try a large diaphragm condenser for the vocals and a small diaphragm for an acoustic guitar.

Here are some ideal mikes of both types.

Acoustic Foam

Let’s face it nailing egg crates to the wall really does not cut it when you are trying to get that perfect sound mix. You can achieve the right sound environment with strategically placed acoustic foam. It’s not expensive and can be easily sourced below.

MIDI controllers

Finally, a MIDI controller is the best way to create a physical connection between the music in your brain and the technology that you record with. Whether you are tracking keyboards, pads, strings or electronic drum parts, add a human element to your recordings with a quality keyboard or drum MIDI controller.

With this sort of set up you are going to create the type of demos that are going to be listened to more than once, or even quality sounds that are ready to be pressed and sold.

What are you waiting for? Get clicking and you could have your own home studio in action in a matter of days.

Boss Micro BR-80 Digital Recorder (B-Stock)
The pocket-sized Boss BR-80 eight-track recorder has everything you need: a 1/4″ guitar input, built-in effects, eBand backing tracks, USB output, and more.
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What we can do to help ourselves

After suicide we are in shock, often lost and confused. Taking a day at a time helped us through the dark times.

You will know what is best for you and what you need. And that will change.
Some of us found sitting with a friend, even in silence, helped. Some of us walked or ran or swam. Movement helped de-stress and sleep better.

Some of us found water soothed us, walking on the beach, along the river or having a bath. Watching the sun set, sitting under a tree, watching birds in the garden and other ways of being close to nature helped us too.

Some of us poured ourselves into practical things, cooking or cleaning or sorting the back shed.

And some of us escaped to a special place we love, a place where we could just be with our grief and feel safe.

Our communities help us at this time too: being with others, sharing a cup of tea or stories and yarns, crying (and laughing) together, playing music, going for walks, playing cards together, remembering the person we have lost and the gift of their life.

It helped some of us to talk and to go over what has happened with someone who listened to us. Some of us needed to do this often, retelling our story again and again.

Some of us needed time to be alone.

Some of us found comfort in our spiritual traditions: returning to country or to where our family and community are, or attending our place of worship such as our mosque, church, temple or synagogue. We grappled with what had happened and for some of us our faith strengthened and consoled us through this time.

For others, our spiritual traditions seemed to offer no comfort but only raised doubts and questions for us. We struggled with big questions: Why had this happened? What is life about?

In time, we come to an acceptance of our loss and find a way through our grief. There are no rules. We each find our own way, one step at a time, one day at a time, one month at a time.

Some of us found writing and music helped: a letter, a poem, special songs. Others of us used drawing and our art to express our grief. Some made a memory book or a journal to remember the person we’ve lost. These can become special items that we look back at as reminders of this difficult time. Later, they remind us that we don’t feel like this forever.

Special items belonging to the person we have lost can have more meaning now and remind us of them. They became our keepsakes. They help some of us reframe our loss.

Grief passes. Usually the intensity of our grief eases gradually, but it can come and go in intensity for a long time and may return at special times like birthdays or anniversaries. Expecting this means we are not so distressed by it.

Our needs change at different times in our grieving. Sometimes we felt OK and as though our lives were getting back to normal. At other times we felt that nothing helps our pain and that it overwhelmed us. In these times we learnt to take extra care of ourselves. We reminded ourselves that it will pass. Like ocean waves, our grief will come and go. Ours softened over time when we were able to let it come and go.

We found ways to honour the person we’ve lost. When someone dies suddenly we don’t have the chance to say goodbye. Talking about the person and sharing stories and memories is an important way to honour them.

We found ways to remember and honour helped us too: planting a tree, naming a place in their honour, carrying a sign or symbol on us every day, having special photos to keep the person close or making a CD of their favourite music to play.

We always remember what’s happened but we’ve learnt to live with our loss. Although the intensity of our grief is strongest in the weeks and months after the death, it takes most of us between two and five years (or even longer) to learn to live fully with our loss. Looking after ourselves through this time helps us accept our loss and engage with life again.

We learnt to accept help. Our friends and wider family will be happy to help if we let them. Practical things: picking children up from school, cooking a meal, cleaning the bathroom, taking us for a walk or a coffee, coming with us to a support group, if that’s what we want.

It’s also OK for us to ask for the kind of help we’d like.

Some of joined a bereavement support group to be with others who understood. We felt less alone and it helped to know others had found a way though the grief. It helped to know our reactions were simply grief, and that others had experienced this too.

Some of us found support from professionals, elders or spiritual leaders who understand grief. Some of us did not want to burden those we loved who were also grieving. We felt free to speak to someone outside our family and friends who could be with us in a supportive way. We found support in sharing our story, praying, meditating or sitting in silence.

Our relationships. Loss from suicidecan strain our relationships. When we are all grieving it can change how we relate to each other. This can add to our pain.

Our relationships may look different through the eyes of grief. Allowing each other to do this in our different ways is not always easy. Family members may worry about each other. Arguments and differences may arise.

Some of our relationships grew stronger, while some were severely strained. Finding out about grief helped us to avoid conflict. For example, men and women grieve in different ways; young people may turn to their friends more than families at this time and use social media to connect to others. Family relationships can change following a loss from suicide.

Our own health. Even though we often didn’t feel like it, eating healthy food, doing gentle exercise and avoiding drugs and alcohol helped us through our grief and allowed it to take its course.

We avoided making big decisions until we felt ready. Giving ourselves space to grieve and not expecting ourselves to cope with our usual demands helped us too.

Take time out. When we are grieving we can feel guilty for laughing or enjoying ourselves. This is normal. Taking time to do things we like, even if we don’t feel like it, will help.

Only do what must be done. By giving ourselves some space we allow our grief to be expressed. Expecting ourselves to do all our usual activities like work is hard on our selves. Deciding what we needed to do and letting go of less important things helped us through this time.

It also makes space for our grief and allows it to take its course. In time, it eases and we can begin to return to our usual activities again.

Practical matters

When someone has taken their own life

There are many practical things we need to do and there are other people who will be involved when someone close to us takes their life.
When we are in shock and we have strangers with whom we must deal we can feel helpless and powerless over what’s happening. Understanding what and who is involved in this process can help us in these early days.

Getting information

When we are first told of our loss, we are full of questions and need to find answers.
What happened? Where did it happen? Who was there? When? How did it happen? And the most difficult question for us all: Why?
We need to have as many of our questions answered as possible, as we try and take in what has happened.
Some of our questions never get answered properly and we are left wondering and trying to make sense of our loss.
There are people who can help us find answers.
Close family and friends we trust, the Police, the Coroner’s Counselling Service, ARBOR, Lifeline, Compassionate Friends and other support groups and online services are all ready to help.


The Police are usually the first called when someone dies by suicide. They will make sure the body of the person who has died is taken care of and will contact the Coroner to report the death. They are required to do this by law in cases of sudden or unexplained deaths.


The Coroner investigates and determines the cause of death, how it occurred and details needed to register the death. The Coroner also has legal responsibility for the body of the person who has died from unnatural causes or where the cause of death is not known. This includes suicide.
If the Coroner needs to order complex tests (such as testing for drugs, alcohol, medication and poisons) his report may take some time. The Coronial Counselling Service can help you get information about this.

Coronial Counselling Service

The Coronial Counselling Service is part of the Office of the State Coroner. This free service helps us navigate the difficult issues associated with the coronial inquiry process. This includes arranging viewings of our loved ones, explaining what occurs during the post-mortem process, as well as offering advice on helping our children adjust. The Coronial Counselling Service also offers grief counselling and can refer you to other counsellors or support groups.

Visiting the site

Most suicides happen in or close to home. Most of us want to know where our loved one died and we may want to go to see this place. Sometimes the Police will be involved in the visit.
Some of us took photos and left something to acknowledge this special place. Some of us visit this place a long time later. It becomes important to us. For others, this site is not as important to us as our loved one’s burial place. We go there to find comfort later.

Death certificate

Whenever someone dies, their death needs to be registered with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and a death certificate issued. When someone dies of suicide in Western Australia, the death is considered a ‘Reportable Death’ and needs to be examined by a coroner before a death certificate can be issued. This usually shouldn’t take long, but sometimes the coroner may need to order complex tests to determine the cause of death and this can delay the process.
Things such as toxicology (testing for drugs, alcohol, medication and poisons) or histology (tissue sampling) reports may take time to generate. Most certificates shouldn’t take longer than a few weeks, but sometimes take longer if determining the cause of death is particularly complicated.


Your GP can show you the medical report and explain any medical terms for you. As well, your GP can assist with any health issues you may have or that may develop. Ask your GP about services and support you need. GPs can refer us to a qualified counsellor for a number of free sessions if we want professional support.

Funeral Director

The Funeral Director you choose will help you make the arrangements for the funeral and help you make the funeral the way you would like it to be.
We sometimes needed to contact more than one funeral company before we found one we felt was suitable and within our budget.
The Coronial Counselling Service can provide information if you have any questions or problems regarding the funeral of the person who has died.


This is a very special occasion for most of us, as difficult as it is when someone we love has taken their own life. The memories we have from the day will stay with us as a reminder of the person we have lost.

Planning the funeral helped us accept our loss. Most of us had the help of a Funeral Director to make arrangements. Some tips we can share:


  • Ask a friend or someone close to you to help you arrange the funeral with you. They will support you so you don’t carry that responsibility alone.
  • Choose a Funeral Director who listens and who you trust. You are buying this service, so shop around until you find the right person/business.
  • Choose a person (an elder, minister or celebrant) to conduct the funeral. This person will set the tone you want and be able to acknowledge your loved one’s life well.
  • Tell the Funeral Director and staff what you want (and what you don’t want). If you don’t know, they will guide you and offer options. Ask as many questions as you want.
  • Let the Funeral Director know how you would like the person who has died to look for the funeral. A photo can help.
  • How can the funeral best honour the person and their life? What would you and others close to the person want to honour them? What symbols and items with special meaning would you like included (for example: songs, tributes, stories, prayers, photos, videos etc)
  • What clothes or special items would you like your loved one to be dressed in?
  • How can others, including children if appropriate, be involved in the funeral?
  • If you are a long way away and cannot arrange a funeral, you can ask to have an unattended cremation and the ashes of the person you have lost sent back to you. The Coroner’s Counselling Service will help you with this.


Sometimes private health, life, sickness or accident insurance will provide assistance in paying for the funeral of the person who has died. If the deceased had insurance, call their insurance company to ask if assistance is available. If you have lost a child and have insurance, your insurance company can advise you. We sought help from trusted people to assist us with seeking information when we weren’t able to do it.

Financial matters

When we lose someone to suicide we are unable to function as well as usual. Many of us are unable to work for some time, placing us under financial pressure we had not expected.
The time following the death of our loved one can be made even harder by financial difficulty. In some cases, we can apply to release our superannuation early based on compassionate grounds or severe financial hardship caused by the death, burial or funeral.
We may need support to get information and consider our financial situation. Family, friends or a financial advisor you trust can help with this. Some of us asked one of these people to take on the management of our bills during this time.


Banks have a specific process to go through when closing an account following the death of the owner. You will need to provide a Proof of Death document, as well as forms of identification for yourself. Most banks will try to make this process easy for you and will guide you through the process.
Phone or visit the website of the bank you need. If you find going in person easier for you, we found it helped to look up what information we needed to bring beforehand.

Public Trustee

The Public Trustee can help us with any legal difficulties following the death of a loved one. Issues regarding wills and assets or fulfilling the role of an executor may arise. We found taking someone we trust with us to help was important.
Sometimes these responsibilities may require us to understand legal or financial details that are beyond our grasp. The Public Trustee provides services to assist us in processing these issues.

Possessions and property

We all deal with the clothes and possessions of the person we have lost when we are ready. Some of us did this sooner and some later. For some of us it felt so final we didn’t want to do it. We waited until we felt ready. For some of us this took years.
Others needed to say goodbye by sorting these things. We kept some items that were special. We shared things with others who were close to the one we’d lost.

Talking to children

Caring for our children when we are thrown into grief ourselves is a big challenge. We turned to close family and friends and our wider community for help to care for our children when we could not. Some things helped us:

  • Keeping to routines as much as possible. For babies and small children especially, this gives them a sense of security through the upheaval. Some routines (bedtimes, meal times, going to school or usual activities) help all children feel more secure at times of stress. Our children need extra support and reassurance that they will be OK, and that we will look after them even when we are distressed. We asked trusted friends to help with this and to keep an eye out for our kids.
  • Young children (three years and up) need to be told simply and honestly what has happened. Tell them in a way they can understand. They will accept what’s happened and ask questions if they need to. We used photos and our children’s drawings and stories to talk about the person we’d lost and involve our children in saying goodbye.
  • Our older children will be grieving too. They may want to talk about their loss. They want to know they can do this and that someone will listen. They may want to spend more time with their friends. We learnt that it’s best to be honest and give them information so they are not left guessing about what’s happened. They often have ideas about how they’d like to be involved in planning the funeral and saying their goodbyes. This helped our children’s grieving and ours as well.
  • Our children sometimes express their grief through their play and some show their distress by wetting the bed or being more teary or sensitive than usual. We learnt that this is normal and it passes. When it doesn’t, it’s helpful to talk about this with a GP or health professional.
  • Some times our children may feel responsible and we needed to reassure them that what happened was not their fault. Sometimes we sought professional help for children when we felt concerned about them.
  • As parents, some of us felt fearful about our other children and needed to protect them, even over-protect them at times. We needed to learn to manage our own fear so it didn’t spread to our children and increase anxiety for them.
  • Schools, TAFEs and Universities can support children and young people when someone close has died. They provide student services including free counselling services.
  • We informed teachers and other key people and asked them to watch out for our children and young people following our loss. Teachers and school student services’ staff helped us with our concerns about social media and its impact on our young people.
  • Sports clubs and other social or community groups with which our children and young people are involved can also provide support and help maintain their usual routines at this time.

Read more on supporting children bereaved by suicide. Reachout has information for young people on loss and grief.

Talking about it

When someone takes their own life it can be hard to talk about. We may worry about other people’s reactions. The stigma and misunderstanding about suicide makes it more difficult for us.

We found that when we were able to speak about it, we felt better and not so alone. We told people who could really listen without judging us or what had happened. They could put their own needs aside for us.

If we had others who wanted to give us their advice, judgements or opinions at this difficult time we avoided them. We did not have the energy for them. Some of our friends drifted away, some came closer.

We found it helped us to talk to people who could listen and accept us as we were. Some of us had trouble speaking about our loss because we felt responsible or guilty. We wished we could have done more or somehow stopped this death from happening. We felt helpless and that we had let the person we loved down.

Even though it’s hard for some of us to talk about, others will appreciate the truth. Being honest helps our own grieving process.

Some people will not use the word ‘suicide’. For some, suicide is still seen as shameful. Attitudes to suicide are tied to our cultural and religious beliefs. For some of us, this makes it even more difficult to speak about.

Anniversaries and other special times

Birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions bring back our loss and are often a difficult time for us.
The first anniversary of the death is often tough. Some of our earlier signs of grief may return and if we do not know this is normal, we can feel overwhelmed by it.
We may want to talk about our loss at these times. Having a way to honour the person who has died helps us too.
Our family and our community’s rituals help us through this time. We will want to remember and honour the person we have lost.
Gathering with others, attending a ceremony or service, sharing a special meal, visiting the place of burial, remembering our loved one in whatever way we wish supports us.

Other people’s stories

Following our loss, many of us were approached by people who had also lost someone to suicide. We were not prepared for this and sometimes couldn’t give the support they wanted.
At other times we found comfort in sharing our stories and knowing we were not alone. Many people are touched by suicide but most will not speak about it unless they think others will understand.
We found it useful to have some information of where people could get help. We could provide this when we didn’t have the energy to hear their stories. The Getting Help section has these contacts.

Talking to others

Sharing our grief with family and friends helps us all. This time can bring us closer together. For some of us though, it can be stressful when others are also distressed.

Acknowledging our relationship with the person who has died and talking about it with others helps many of us. In some cultures this is not the case. For many Aboriginal people the name of the person who has died is not mentioned following their death.

This is a special time when stories and memories are shared. Lots of families find laughter and humour important. For some of us it can feel strange to share laughter when there is so much sadness and distress. Like tears, humour is another way to express our grief. For some of us it is an important relief.

Acknowledging others who have been close to the person who has died also helps. It’s best if someone they trust can break the news and in person. If we had to phone people, we warned them that we had some bad news and made sure they were not left alone.

Managers and workmates of the person who has died and with whom we work will want to know what’s happened. Some of us didn’t tell them ourselves but asked a trusted person and to let others know.

Other people will sometimes be distressed by the news. They may have had someone close to them take their own life. Suicide touches everyone. Telling others about what’s happened gives us a chance to talk about it. However, it can touch others’ experiences and pain.

Social media

Communicating with others via social media is very different to normal communication and has benefits and risks.

In the wake of the loss of a loved one, it can be a great stress to keep things together and maintain our relationships. Social media such as Facebook can provide a way for us to continue to communicate with others without the added pressure of responding immediately or face to face. Young people especially use social media to keep in touch and find out what is happening.

It provides a sense of connection that can be a very important support.
It can also provide a space for us to talk openly to people with shared experiences. All of our thoughts and feelings are valid, yet sometimes we feel we cannot share them with the people we know from our day-to-day lives. Social media opens up communities to us where we can talk openly and anonymously. There are many online groups available to those of us who are grieving.

However, social media can also create concern when our young people are vulnerable. Rumours, inappropriate messages or antisocial behaviour online may add to their anxiety and grief. We asked them about what was happening on social media and encouraged them to spend time with friends, not only online.

The school principal or psychologist can advise on any concerns we may have about social media and its risks following a suicide.

Online memorial pages

It is very common for young people to set up memorial pages for their loved ones. It is possible that friends have already created a memorial page on websites such as Facebook or Tumblr. We may find this comforting and want to contribute, in the short term or down the track.

The creators of these memorials are dealing with their grief as well. If there’s something on the page we don’t like, we need to be aware of this and respond with care. Again, we can ask for help to do this if we are not able do it ourselves. We can also ask for what we would appreciate seeing on these pages.

What doesn’t help

People keeping away. When friends and others did not contact us after our loss, we felt hurt and let down. We understood they were uncomfortable or not sure what to say, but we needed to know others would be there for us and some were not.

Other people’s reactions can sometimes be unhelpful, especially if they make judgements or give their opinions or advice. It does not help to hear comparisons, or be told that others are hurting or are worse off.

‘Move on’, ‘You’ll get over it’, ‘It’s God’s will’ and other such comments stop us expressing the pain we feel. We are not ‘breaking down’ or ‘falling apart’. Being upset is healthy, but others can find it uncomfortable, not knowing what to say or do.

When others are distressed by our tears it does not help us grieve. Tell them you need to cry. It’s healthy!

Numbing our pain by using alcohol or drugs delays our grieving. For many of us, this only creates other problems later. Grief is a natural and healthy response to loss and even though it hurts, it will ease if we allow ourselves to experience it.

If our loss is complicated by other traumas or experiences we’ve had (such as abuse or other losses) we can seek professional help to heal our grief.

Refusing to talk about the person we’ve lost or mention their name is not helpful. We needed to acknowledge what had happened, not deny it. While Aboriginal people do not use the name of the person who has died as a mark of respect, they can talk about the person without using their name.

Not having information about what’s happened meant we were left asking questions and left wondering and worrying. This stopped us moving on.

Endlessly searching for answers to why the death occurred. Information can help us understand and accept our loss but we may never find all the answers we would like. Some of us find this difficult to accept, while others of us find a way to feel at peace about the mystery. Speaking to people who have also lost someone to suicide in a support group helps us understand just how common it is to never get all our questions answered. Learning about the causes of suicide and some of the issues behind it helps some of us to find some of the possible answers. Rarely do we find them all.

Emergency services

Ambulance/Fire/Police – Phone: 000 for life threatening emergencies.

In an emergency you can also visit your local hospital emergency department.

Crisis support – 24 hours, 7 days a week

Suicide Call Back Service – Phone: 1300 659 467. A free nationwide telephone support service staffed by qualified people. Expert counsellors call you, at a time that suits you, and provide support through up to six 50 minute counselling sessions.

Lifeline: – Phone: 13 11 14

Crisis Care Helpline  – Phone: (08) 9223 1111 or Country Toll Free: 1800 199 008

beyondblue – Phone: 1300 224 636. All calls and chats are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential.

Samaritans Crisis Line – Phone: (08) 9381 5555, Youth Line 9388 2500 or Country Toll Free 1800 198 313

Men’s Line Australia – Phone: 1300 78 99 78 for men of all ages

QLife  – Phone: 1800 184 527 for counselling services for people of diverse sex, genders and sexualities of all ages.

Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service – Phone: 1800 011 046

Support from people who understand suicide:

Coronial Counselling Service – Phone: (08) 9425 2900 or after hours: 0419 904 476.

ARBOR: Active Response Bereavement Outreach – Phone: (08) 9263 2150 (9am to 4:30pm, Mon -Fri) or email Provides recently bereaved (three months to one year), long-term bereaved, Men’s support, and Aboriginal Yarning support groups. All services are free, non-discriminatory, and confidential.

Compassionate Friends: – Phone: (08) 9486 8711 for support specifically for bereavement following the loss of a child.

Salvation Army Hope for Life suicide prevention and bereavement support. Counselling line: 1300 467 354.

Australia and New Zealand Parents of Suicide – Online support group specifically targeted towards bereaved parents, as well as family and friends.

For Young People:

Kids Helpline – Phone: 1800 551 800 for young people 5 -25 years
headspace – Phone: 1800 650 890
Reachout– online youth mental health service
Youthbeyondblue – Phone: 1300 224 636
Find out more about supporting young people bereaved by suicide
The Red Cross: Helping Children and Young People Cope

Other services

Coroner’s Court of WA – Phone: (08) 9425 2900 or 1800 671 994

The Public Trustee – Phone: 1300 746 212

Department of Human Services (Centrelink)  – Phone: 1300 131 060

Australian Funeral Directors’ Association

Funeral Assistance Line – Phone: 1800 854 925

Books, films and social media

A word of warning: There are many stories about death or suicide and its impacts that can be helpful. When we are grieving these can affect us deeply.

We were sensitive to what we read and watched in order to look after ourselves at this time. We were more cautious about what our children watched on TV through this time of grieving. Even the news can add to our distress when grief is raw.
Later, we found others’ stories comforting. They made us aware of how suicide touches everyone.

‘Nothing Prepared Me For This’
Written by Australians who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide.

Behind The Smile: A Hidden Battle Against Depression’
WA author Joshua Cunniffe’s recovery from depression and the loss of his grandfather.

Recovery down the track

As our grief eases, many of us wanted to do something to help others. We needed something positive to come from our loss.

What we’ve learnt can help make a difference to others.

Some ways we found to do that:

  • Join ARBOR, Lifeline, Samaritans and volunteer our time to support others
  • Share our experience with others when it feels OK to do so. This helps to shift the stigma about suicide and encourages others to share their experiences.
  • Learn about services available to help others and share this
  • Get involved in the communities our loved ones were involved with
  • Learn more about the issues behind suicide: why are our Aboriginal people at such risk? Why are young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people at increased risk?
  • Attend training in mental health awareness and suicide prevention
  • Make a donation or bequest to support suicide prevention or another cause that’s important to us
  • Write a story or a book, make a video, draw or paint your experiences

Personal experiences

Our family has survived that darkest of times. We survived because we were loved and supported. We survived because our pain was heard and our loss acknowledged. No one tried to make it better. No one offered solutions or answers to those unanswerable questions we kept asking. No one told us they understood how we felt or that we would eventually get over it.
Friends and family would just sit with us each day and hold our hands and listen with their hearts as we wept silently and said nothing.

Somehow the chores got done, the dog got fed, the garden watered, the bills paid. I am not sure how or by who.

The space we were in, traumatised and grieving, was respected. Those around us may have been concerned, but they also believed we had the resources, the strength of character and the courage and resilience to survive.

They were right.

David, Kalamunda

My sister gave me a photo of us together, stuffing our faces with chocolate cake when we were young. We both look hideous but I love this photo now. 
It makes me smile every time I see it because it reminds me she was not always depressed and had a great sense of fun and joy. That’s who she really was. I don’t want her defined by her suicide.
Sue, South Fremantle

Seeing this bloke helped me feel stronger again. He didn’t say much really but I knew I wouldn’t shock him. Like when I was so mad at my daughter for what she did. He just sat there quietly. I couldn’t have told my wife. She was too cut up. Our daughter was our pride and joy. 
Colin, Bunbury

I thought I’d never recover when my husband took his life. But in time, and with support, I have. It’s changed me. I’ve become more understanding of others. I know there is often far more to a person than we ever really know.

Paula, Dianella

When people ask me how many children I have, I always tell them I lost my son. Otherwise it would feel as though I was denying he ever existed.

I felt abandoned by my friends at the church and the school when my son died. Nobody came near me or called. It made me question my faith. I thought they were Christians. I was hurt and disappointed. 
At some point you have to get to the place where you know: you’ll just never know why.

Helen, Swan View

I went to the place where my son was buried for 18 months, on my way home from work. It comforted me and made him feel close.

Phil, Subiaco

Although I’m young, other people often ask me for help. Now I know what to say, but earlier, I felt overwhelmed. Because I’d lost someone close to suicide, I was seen as someone who knew all about it. I didn’t, but I have learnt a lot now.


I lost my sister when I was 8. My parents’ overprotection then felt comforting. At 14, when my Dad died, it felt overwhelming and suffocating. I felt like shouting “Get out of my space!”

Luka, Stirling

If we are to really make a difference in reducing suicide and eliminating stigma we must work together and include those bereaved by suicide by listening with understanding and compassion, assist them in their time of need and learning from these experiences. No more must we close the door and leave well alone!


I have learnt many things since losing my son. I have learnt both how strong I am but also how vulnerable I can be. I have learnt that I am not alone in the world and that every breath, every heart beat and every footstep I take has been given to me. That I can choose what to do with these gifts is a powerful thing.

More than anything, I have learnt to always remember that Life is beautiful and wondrous and what makes it so is the love we have for each other.

Life is also sometimes very fragile. Don’t take it for granted, whether it is your own or someone else’s. It is far too precious.

David, Kalamunda

Aboriginal health programs

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia
There are over 20 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across WA which provide primary healthcare of Aboriginal people. These are services by a health care professional when a patient first has contact with the health system.

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc.
An Aboriginal community controlled organisation which delivers various health services across Perth for Aboriginal people and communities. Staffed by health professionals, including Aboriginal Health Workers, the organisation also provides general health services, as well as drug and alcohol services.

Statewide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service – Phone: (08) 9347 6600
Provides comprehensive treatment for Aboriginal people with a serious mental illness, with cultural integrity and a ‘whole of family’ approach. This service supports Aboriginal people to access mainstream mental health services, and helps services better meet the needs of Aboriginal people.


Named after a Kimberley greeting, i-Bobbly is an app developed by Black Dog Institute (in consultation with Alive and Kicking Goals!) designed to improve mental health and reduce suicidal thoughts. After a trial of 100 people over 18 years of age in the Kimberley region of WA, i-Bobbly is now to be exapanded to include around 500 people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
An online resource aiming to make health information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people more accessible.

National Empowerment Project
Building Aboriginal communities’ capacity through empowerment and strengthening cultural, social and emotional wellbeing. It is an Australia-wide project led by the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia to address the high suicide rates experienced among Aboriginal communities. The project is innovative in that it combines traditional western approaches with culturally appropriate and locally responsive empowerment, healing and leadership responses devised in each community.

Red Dust Healing
A cultural healing program for Aboriginal men and their families. Workshops examine the intergenerational effects of colonisation on the mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of Aboriginal families. It encourages individuals to confront and deal with the problems, hurt, and anger in their lives.

Alive and kicking goals!
A youth suicide prevention project based in the Kimberley. It aims to reduce the high suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in and around Broome through peer education workshops, one-on-one mentoring, and counselling. The project is initiated, managed, and led by Aboriginal people.

Strong Spirit Strong Mind 
Promotes the uniqueness of Aboriginal culture as a central strength in guiding efforts to manage and reduce alcohol and other-drug related harm in Aboriginal communities.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy aims to reduce the cause, prevalence and impact of suicide on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, their families and communities. It encompasses Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ holistic view of mental health, physical, cultural and spiritual health. There is an early intervention focus that works to build strong communities through more community-focused and integrated approaches to suicide prevention.

The six goals key goals are to:

  1. Reduce the incidence and impact of suicide and suicidal behaviour in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and in specific communities affected by suicide.
  2. Ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and populations are supported within available resources to respond to high levels of suicide and/or self-harming behaviour with effective prevention strategies.
  3. Implement effective activities that reduce the presence and impact of risk factors that contribute to suicide outcomes in the short, medium and long term and across the lifespan.
  4. Build the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the workforce in fields related to suicide prevention, early intervention and social and emotional wellbeing through the provision of training, skills and professional qualifications at all levels.
  5. Build the evidence base to support effective action and to evaluate the outcomes of suicide prevention activity at local, regional and national levels.
  6. Make high quality resources, information and methods to support suicide prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples available across all contexts and circumstances.

The national strategy commits the government to genuinely engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop local, culturally appropriate strategies to identify and respond to those most at risk within our communities.

The strategy has been informed by extensive community consultation with 14 community meetings held across Australia attended by 446 people, a national expert workshop, and a website that received 48 contributions directly from the community.

The Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Commission will align WA activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with the national strategy.

Supporting family and friends

  •  Refer someone in an urgent situation to a health professional or Suicide Call Back Service for 24 hour counselling and support
  • Listen when someone comes to you for help – it can be tempting to immediately reason through a person’s problems and suggest a quick solution, but first listen to what they have to say. It’s important that they know their feelings are valid.
  • Provide a safe environment. If someone you know is worried of what others might think, reassure them that what they say to you is in confidence.
  • Ask them how they are feeling or if they are feeling suicidal.
  • Inform them of how they can get further help you can’t provide. If someone has needs you can’t provide for, it’s important for them to get the right help. Know the number of a good GP or counsellor for them to talk to. If they’re too nervous to make the first step, offer to call for them and go with them to the appointment.
  • Recognise the signs that someone is struggling. A lot of young people are embarrassed to struggle with mental health and won’t always make it obvious that they aren’t feeling well. If you suspect someone is struggling with depression, let them know that if they need to talk you’re available and are a safe space.
  • Watch a person who is considering suicide. Someone who has said they are suicidal should never be left alone. Remove any available means of self-harm, and make an appointment to see a professional as soon as possible.
  • Find out more about mental health from Youthbeyondblue or reachout

Examples of local suicide prevention projects

Suicide prevention, mental health, and well-being were the key messages at community events organised by the Geraldton and Mullewa Local Drug Action Groups in Geraldton and Mullewa during Men’s Health Week. In Geraldton on 10 June, the film ‘Healing’ was screened at Queens Park Theatre. The film’s themes – hope and healing – gave audience members a great introduction for conversations following the screening. Former footballer Heath Black spoke to the audience prior to the screening and then travelled to Mullewa the  following day to train with the local football club and present at a community dinner. The funding also included two suicide prevention (ASIST) and youth mental health first aid trainings in Geraldton and Mullewa respectively. Both projects included the provision of relevant resources with the intention of delivering ongoing support and information.

Mad Men’s Muster – Friday, 29 August, 2014

The second annual Mad Men’s Muster was held in Beverley on Friday, 29 August, 2014, attracting around 80 men from across the Wheatbelt. Organisers the ‘Beverley Community Resource Centre’ hailed the event a great success, with plenty of positive feedback and a 25 per cent increase in attendees over the previous year. Featuring a live presentation from former ABC broadcaster Glenn Mitchell, a comedy act, giveaways, free lunch, and a presentation by Regional Men’s Health and the Pit Stop. The aim of the event is to build community awareness about suicide prevention, services and supports, as well as strengthen resilience in the community.

FIFO Expo Joondalup – 12 September, 2014

The Cities of Stirling, Joondalup, and Wanneroo hosted an expo for Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) workers and their families at Joondalup’s HBF Arena on Friday, 12 September 2014. The event aimed to link FIFO workers and their families to services and organisations that can provide support, practical advice and the tools they need to achieve a well-balanced, supported and financially secure FIFO lifestyle. Stall holders included services from backgrounds in mental health, counselling, men’s health, parenting, local government, relationships, and financial management. Keynote speaker former ABC broadcaster Glenn Mitchell shared his story of struggling with a mental illness and his experiences of regularly working away from home. A selection of other speakers also presented on relationships, financial management, time, the impacts of the FIFO lifestyle on workers, and a panel discussion with a question and answer session.

Wangkatjunka camps for community members affected by suicide

Wangkatjunka community members affected by suicide will be provided with the opportunity to attend camps aimed at increasing community awareness of health and wellbeing. The camps will see four groups of Aboriginal people camp out under the stars for four nights. Organised by Kurungal Council Local Drug Action Group, the camps will help strengthen culture among participants by encouraging discussion on mental wellbeing and community connection. The camps will take place 80 kilometres from Wangkatjunka and will be divided into four groups of fifteen individuals, two of which will be for women and two of which will be for men. Following on from the camps, the organisers will continue to stay in touch with the participants and ensure that any issues raised are followed up and that support is provided.

Midwest tunes into suicide prevention

Not-for-profit organisation Health Communication Resources, in conjunction with the Shire of Carnarvon, organised three workshops for mental health, alcohol and drug service providers, and local community members in Carnarvon during October to decide what the key issues are in the Midwest region and work out what is needed to address them. The results then formed the basis of community service announcements to be broadcast across the Midwest. Radio MAMA is a broadcast partner for the project and donated close to $38,000 worth of air time for the announcements. The messages were broadcast at least five times per day on community and Aboriginal radio stations throughout the region.

Wild Women of the West – 27 October, 2014

Around 185 women from the Wheatbelt community attended a free one day annual seminar held on Monday, 27 October 2014. The event ,’Wild women of the West – diamonds in the rough’, featured guest speakers Adjunct Associate Professor  at the Centre for Forensic Science Judith Fordham, Australian soprano singer Sara McLiver, electric cabernet urban legend Tomas Ford, and Jennifer Atkins. The day provided organisers the ‘Beverley Community Resource Centre’ with the opportunity to spread the message about mental health issues, stress management, and preventative health measures.

Balga Detached Work Project – targeting young, at-risk Aboriginal men

The Balga Detached Work Project will run a series of workshops and activities relating to emotional and physical health, life and social skills, problem solving and help-seeking at the Cullacabardee Aboriginal Community north of Ballajura. The workshops will focus on building resilience, health and wellbeing among young people with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health issues. Many of the young men in the target group are considered to be in a higher risk category for suicide due to their Aboriginality, tendency towards social isolation, homelessness, illiteracy, disengagement from education, juvenile offending, low self worth, identity loss and cultural disconnection. The project will build on a previous collaboration between Balga Detached Work Project and the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia where participants painted a nature-themed mural and has been demonstrated to help shift attitudes and behaviours in a positive way.

Photo: Mental Health Minister Helen Morton at the Cullacabardee Aboriginal Community, meeting with the Balga Detached Work Project, the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and members of the Cullacabardee Aboriginal Community. 

L-R: Ian Gowing, Ann Andrewartha, Julie Riley, Mike Dixon, Craig Comrie, Matthew Thompson, Minister Helen Morton, Steven Feehan, and Clem Riley.

Improving mental health in your workplace

There are a number of things you can do to improve mental health and prevent suicide in your workplace.

Having a mentally healthy workplace is not only good for morale, it boosts productivity and reduces absenteeism.

Here are some tips for improving mental health and preventing suicide in your workplace:

  • Encourage your workplace to commit to implementing suicide prevention activities, such as promoting RUOK Day and Mental Health Week
  • Increase awareness of mental health conditions – for example, you could print off some flyers and promotional material and hang it in your lunchroom or on the staff noticeboard
  • Reduce stigma by speaking openly about mental health conditions in the workplace and encouraging others to do the same
  • Build the skills and confidence to approach someone who may be experiencing difficulties
  • Sign up for mental health first aid training
  • Encourage staff experiencing mental health problems to seek help
  • Support staff with mental health conditions to stay at or return to work
  • Monitor and manage workloads
  • Increase input in to how people do their work
  • Prevent bullying and discrimination
  • Provide regular performance feedback

For more information visit Beyondblue’s heads up page.

Key facts

  • It is estimated that 45 per cent of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.
  • On average, one in six people – one in five women and one in eight men – will experience depression at some stage of their lives.
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability in Australia. Around one million Australians experience depression each year.
  • On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety in their lifetime. Over half of those who experience depression also experience symptoms of anxiety.
  • Over two million people experience anxiety each year, making it the most common mental health condition in Australia.
  • Although depression and anxiety can be as debilitating as a serious physical illness, less than half of those experiencing these conditions seek help.
  • These conditions tend to affect people during their prime working years.

Untreated depression has an enormous impact on the workplace.

Every year, Australian businesses lose $12.3 billion through absenteeism, reduced productivity, and staff turnover directly connected to untreated depression.

More than six million working days a lost each year in Australia as people struggle with depression without the assistance they need. By raising awareness and reducing the stigma attached to mental illness, we can help each other get back to our best.

If a culture of silence holds people back from getting help, poor mental health can create low morale in the workplace; exhaustion; high turnover; and a greater risk of accidents and other mishaps at work.

If you are concerned about a colleague, make sure they know you care and want to help. Let them know about the services available to support those in need.

One Life Agency Partners

A range of agencies across Western Australia have committed to supporting One Life by implementing suicide prevention activities and training in their workplace, and promoting mental health across their networks.  One Life Partners encompass small businesses, industry bodies, large companies, community organisations, local government and state government agencies.

For more information contact the suicide prevention team at

1. Westrac
2. Centrecare
3. WA Association for Mental Health
4. Unions WA
5. Rio Tinto Iron Ore
6. WA Jockeys Association
7. Arafmi Mental Health Carers
8. Australian Veterinary Association
9. Freehills Legal Service
10. The Brand Agency
11. Sonshine FM
12. Department of Fisheries
13. Rotary Club
14. Western Australian Country Football League
15. The Richmond Fellowship
16. Injury Control Council WA
17. Mix 94.5FM/92.9FM
18. George Jones Child Advocacy Centre
19. Martu People Ltd
20. Pilbara Regional Council
21. Great Southern Mental Health Services
22. Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union
23. McConnell Dowell
24. Pilbara Community Legal Services
25. Association of Independent Schools of WA
26. Community Arts Network WA
27. Dallard Pty Ltd
28. Angel Hands
29. Wesfarmers
30. Men’s Advisory Network Incorporated
31. Centrelink
32. Student Edge
33. Primary Care WA
34. Department of Planning
35. Department of Education
36. Youth Focus
37. Department of Local Government & Communities
38. Australian Experiential Learning Centre
39. Department of Aboriginal Affairs – Midwest
40. Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors
41. Department of Corrective Services
42. Professional Fishermen’s Association Dongara
43. Department of Agriculture and Food
44. Shire of East Pilbara
45. Western Rock Lobster Council
46. Yellow Ribbon for Life – Midwest
47. LAMP Incorporated
48. Oz Help Foundation
49. Perth Home Care Services
50. Vietnam Veterans Associations Australia WA Branch
51. Kimberley Community Legal Services
52. Lifeline WA
53. Blooming Minds WA Pty Ltd
54. Bays of Isles Community Outreach Inc.
55. Jade Lewis and Friends Inc
56. Mental Health Commission
57. WA Local Government Association
58. Peer Support Australia
59. City of Bayswater
60. WA Country Health Service
61. Farmsafe WA Alliance
62. Central West Mental Health Service
63. Crusader Management Group
64. Enable Southwest Incorporated
65. Abortion Grief Australia Incorporated
66. Synergy
67. Momentum Forum Events Australia
68. Connect Groups Support Groups Association WA Inc
69. Department of Local Government
70. Mates in Construction
71. Mission Australia
72. WA Construction Industry Redundancy Fund
73. Inspire Foundation
74. Family Court of Western Australia
75. Town of Vincent
76. Vital Conversations
77. Wheatbelt Individual & Family Support Association
78. West Australian football Commission
79. Andrismark
80. Swan River Trust
81. Department of Finance
82. VenuesWest
83. The Metro Cemeteries Board
84. Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority
85. Koombana Health Network
86. Department of Housing
87. Department of Premier and Cabinet
88. The Work Focus Group
89. Australian Dental Association WA
90. Department of Waters Western Australia
91. Department of Sport and Recreation
92. Department of Environment and Conservation
93. Edith Cowan University
94. Youth Advisory Council of Western Australia
95. Tucker Time
96. The Office of Road Safety
97. Department of the Attorney General
98. Chamber of Commerce & Industry of WA
99. Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA)
100. Department of Transport
101. Kid’s Matters Primary (WA)
102. The Neuro Diagnostic Centre
103. Women’s Law Centre
104. City of Belmont
105. Citizen’s Advice Bureau
106. Maritime Union of Australia
107. Pingelly Community Resource Centre
108. Bridging the GAP
109. Celebrate Recovery
110. Equal Opportunity Commission
111. Shire of Chapman Valley
112. Yulella Incorporated
113. Holyoake
114. Department for Child Protection & Family Support
115. Nannup Country Women’s Association
116. Sealanes (1985) Pty Ltd
117. Nannup Hair Salon
118. Noonooda Garden
119. Friends of the Blackwood
120. K-OZ Entertainment
121. Diesel Motors
122. City of Rockingham
123. Filters Elite
124. South Coastal Women’s Health Services
125. Sport FM 91.3
126. Nannup Pharmacy
127. The Good Food Shop
128. Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School
129. Anglicare WA
130. Nannup Play Group
131. Western Australian Police
132. Perth South Coastal Medical Local
133. Rockingham Ruah Inreach
134. St Patrick’s Community Support Centre
135. Safety Bay high School
136. Workforce Development and Reform
137. Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Services
138. Dr Dennis Jensen MP
139. Penny Street Celebrate Recovery Rockingham
140. JDL Strategies
141. GS Mental Health
142. CME
143. Association for Sevices to Torture and Trauma Survivors
144. Account Ag
145. FROGS Early Learning Centre, Nannup
146. Anglicare WA Rockingham
147. Department of Defence
148. Peel Rockingham Kwinana Mental Health Service
149. Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service
150. Nannup Zumba
151. Nannup Community Resource Centre
152. Shire of Nannup
153. Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (Australia)
154. Department of Treasury
155. Landgate
156. Tourism WA
157. Department of Mining and Petroleum
158. Main Roads
159. Challenger Institute of Technology
160. Centrecare Corporate
161. Rentco
162. Shaws Cartage Contractors
163. Oracle Risk Consultants
164. JSW Training and Community Services
165. Shire of Donnybrook – Balingup
166. Identity WA
167. Holistic First Aid
168. Bang Online Marketing
169. Perth Football Club
170. Primary Care
171. Heal for Life
172. MEEDAC Inc
173. Assetivity
174. Swan Districts Football Club
175. MRG TV
176. GLBTI Rights in Ageing Inc (GRAI)
177. Bauxite Resources LTD
178. Subway Northwest
179. Supply Chain Services Australia
180. Shire of Mt Marshall
181. Stephen Pole & Partners
182. Deputy Principal Pastoral Care
183. Asia Pacific Security Magazine
184. Atkins Global PTY Ltd (Perth)
185. John Wollaston Anglican Community School
186. Stephen Pole and Partners
187. Shire of Mt Marshall
188. Collie Senior High School
189. Short Term Accommodation for Youth (STAY)
190. BBX Central Perth
191. Puggle FM
192. Ajilon Consulting
193. NGIS Australia Pty Ltd
194. Friends Restaurant
195. Perth Veterinary Oncology
196. ProActive Advertising and Marketing Pty Ltd
197. Event Social Planners
198. Lydia Polyzopoulou – Private Practice
199. Traumatic Incident Reduction Facilitator
200. The Emotional Intelligence Institute
201. Brain Fit
202. Aurenda
203. International Ventures
204. My Security Media
205. Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
206. Australian Education and Leadership Centre
207. Lifeworx
208. Southern Wire
209. MenAlive Australia
210. Bellingham Business Travel
211. Graham J Chapman
212. From the Heart WA
213. Christine O’Connor
214. Share & Care Community Services Group Inc
215. The University of Notre Dame Australia
216. Rise – Your Community Support Network
217. Activ Foundation Inc
218. Anglican Schools Commission
219. TOLL Energy
220. Choices Global
221. Quality Printer Cartridges
222. Australian Hotels Association
223. Central Greenough Café
224. Shire of Kojonup
225. CY O’Connor Institute Education & Training
226. Minds United
227. Kart World
228. Local Health Advisory Group – Kellerberrin
229. Grief Recovery Method Pty Ltd
230. Out Care
231. CSA Global
232. Shire of Coolgardie
233. Avon Youth in Moora
234. Paddington Ale House
235. Rendezvous Grand Hotel
236. Ace Health and Safety
237. Gooding Partners
238. Beehive Industries
239. Catholic Education Office
240. City of Greater Geraldton
241. Bindoon Men’s Shed
242. Serco
243. Therapy Focus
244. Dunkley Corporation Pty Ltd
245. Media on Mars