Tasmanian LiFE Awards
On Thursday 21 March 2024, the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network (TSPCN) will celebrate the 19th Annual LiFE Awards recognising excellence in suicide prevention in Tasmania. The Tasmanian LiFE Awards acknowledge and celebrate the life affirming work in suicide prevention that Tasmanians are doing across the state. Suicide prevention continues to be an ongoing need in Tasmania; however, these Awards highlight the passion, commitment and achievements from Tasmanians contributing to this challenging and incredibly important field.
The awards are based on the national LiFE framework, which recognises that suicide prevention is a whole-of-community responsibility and promotes collaborative action by all Australians. LiFE stands for Living is For Everyone.
The awards acknowledge and celebrate the life-affirming work in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention that Tasmanians are doing across the state. This prestigious state-wide event attracts diverse nominations with an interest in suicide prevention and support for those affected by suicide across Tasmania.
Suicide prevention can look like many things. Previous nominations have included grassroot programs such as goat yoga to enhance community connection; workplaces putting employee mental health at the forefront of their strategic priorities; to crisis intervention work such as those actively engaging and working to support people experiencing suicidality. The awards celebrate the commitment and energy of the nominees and their vital contribution to the reduction of suicide within our communities. Every nomination holds great significance in highlighting the valuable contributions made throughout Tasmania, as well as the capacity to inspire others about what they can do to help prevent suicide.
Nominations for 2024 closed on 8 January. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination.
There are five award categories which you can explore below.
With thanks to our award sponsors, each category winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 to be used for education, research, activity, or resources related to suicide prevention, intervention or postvention.
Award recipients are nominated for a National LiFE Award, which are organised by Suicide Prevention Australia. Finalists will be recognised at the annual National Suicide Prevention Conference.
Previous award winners have chosen to use the funds to best meet the needs of their community, for example:
- To deliver mental health or suicide prevention training to employees or the community.
- To engage a speaker to address their community and further increase awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.
- To organise a community event recognising World Suicide Prevention Day.
- To attend the National Suicide Prevention Australia Conference.
The judging panel will be comprised of three independent judges; a representative with lived experience, an active Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network (TSPCN) member and a representative from a governing body.
The judging panel will assess entries against the following criteria:
- What the nominee does in their role/s. What personal values and skills they bring to suicide prevention.
- What the benefits/impacts of the nominee’s contribution in suicide prevention are to the Tasmanian community.
The Tasmanian LiFE Awards has a long and inspiring history, you can read about the exceptional work previous winners have done in their communities to prevent suicide.