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James PromoA creative workshop for people who have been affected by suicide.

James Berlyn and Zoe Warwick will be co-facilitating this intimate workshop, designed to provide a gentle and participatory discussion that explores ways to better communicate about suicide.

James Berlyn is an award winning artist, director, curator and teacher with more than 25 years’ experience. He is also co-founder of the Proximity Festival. Suicide is a subject area in which James has a high degree of lived experience.

“I am interested in a statistic that I read somewhere ages ago that said if you have suicide in your family you are 50% more likely to commit suicide yourself. I don’t know where I read or heard that but it has always stuck in my mind. I have three points of reference to this topic. My grandfather committed suicide when my dad was about three so in effect he never knew his dad. That has, as you would expect, had a flow on effect for all of us. And my Cousin (on my mum’s side) committed suicide at the age of 37. He was a farmer alone on his farm struggling with a messy divorce and custody issues. He is left behind two beautiful daughters and a large and loving extended family. I have suffered from suicidal ideation for most of my adult life and attempted suicide in my early thirties.”

Touched by Suicide, will be held at the State Theatre Centre during 2016 Mental Health Week on Thursday, October 13 | 1.30pm- 3pm

Booking is essential due to limited places. RSVP by October 7 |

Touched by Suicide: A creative workshop is a partnership between Community Arts Network, WA association for Mental Health and sponsored by WA Primary Health Alliance.

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