Bright Minds Project


CALM's Bright Minds Connected Community Program are


'Excellence in Service or Program Delivery Award'
2018 Mental Mealth Matter Awards
Presented by WayAhead and Minister for Mental Health, Tanya Davies

Bright Minds, Connected Communities is an extension of our previously funded Bright Minds Mental Health Project developed by dedicated young people in Lake Macquarie who identified a need for additional supports for young people experiencing or at risk of Mental Illness. 

The Bright Minds, Connected Communities Project is funded through the NSW Ministry of Health. The project involves a three tiered approach to suicide prevention to address the need of the local community and capitalises on the strengths of local services.

Part 1 - Partnering with the Lake Macquarie Suicide Prevention Network (LMSPN) to update existing suicide prevention information and intervention packs. To further meet current need, Aboriginal and Youth specific packs will be developed and distributed across Lake Macquarie. 

Part 2 - Deliver the Livingworks Australia SafeTalk workshop to High School Teachers in Lake Macquarie and the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program to select school and support staff across the region. These programs are designed to support people working with young people to assess, manage and provide resources to this at risk group. 

Following are a list of the dates the ASIST two-day interactive workshops will be held.  To register for a workshop and for more information, click on the relevant date below:

SafeTALK Training Sessions

Part 3 - Work with local mental health organisations Interrelate and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service to conduct a series of Postive Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshops in Lake Macquarie involving Year 7 and Year 9 students in local High Schools. Workshops deliver youth led multimedia programs of video, music, art and theatre to improve mental health literacy, increase help seeking strategies and inform students of how to identify and respond to mental health warning signs. 

This program will operate from July 2017 to June 2020. 

If you would like more information on the Bright Minds, Connected Communities Project please contact Program Coordinator Dayle on 49503811 or email