Sirens Of Silence Charity Inc. - Supporting our Triple Zero Heroes

Founded by Paramedics Lyn and Ian Sinclair in 2015 after a surge in the number of suicides within the Ambulance Service in W.A. we have now recognised a broader safety network is required to protect and provide support for all emergency services personnel within Australia.

Our focus is now to assist and support all those who work to protect and save our lives in the emergency services. 

We invite you to become part of the community that helps save the lives of those who save you.


Our Principle Aim

To support all Emergency Service Personnel to engage with each other in creating a culture change to remove the social stigma that has long been associated within emergency services. 

We strive to achieve a healthy future for all emergency service personnel, by providing external self help pathways and positive support to work through the difficult times. 

3 Way Support Process:

1) To raise awareness of Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Suicide Prevention within the Emergency Services,

2) To provide positive 'ground level' peer support and simple guidance of pathways to seek further assistance.  

3) To grant members educational and financial assistance for treatment and support with providers. 

Our Charity encompasses all areas of emergency service work from Communications staff of triple zero calls, through to frontline Police, Ambulance and Fire Emergency service volunteers and career staff, current, retired, injured or terminated. 

Join Us

If you are a Paramedic, Police Officer, Fire Fighter, Triple Zero Communications Officer, whether you are career staff, volunteer, retired, injured, resigned, terminated or current staffplease join us and show support for our emergency personnel.

Fax or email your membership form to 08 91927 038 or sirensofsilence@westnet.com.au

If you have events and fundraisers you would like advertised with links here, please email us

Up and Coming Events

  • March 9th, 2017 - Professional Development Workshop, Bunbury W.A. 'Working with Grief, Loss and Trauma' Information flyer here.
  • TBC, 2017 - Broome and Goldfields W.A 'Working with Grief, Loss and Trauma' further details to follow in the year.
  • May 9th, 2017 - Professional Development Workshop, Margaret River W.A. 'Working with Grief, Loss and Trauma' Information flyer here.
  • May 19th - 26th, 2017 - The Gibb Challenge, to select SOS as your team beneficiary, we'd love you to Join us in Gibbster's Choice for 2017.
  • May 28th May - 12th June, 2017 - Pradopoint GTG. Travelling through the Kimberley Region with your fellow Prado loving minded people. 
  • September TBC, 2017 - Sirens of Silence Annual Charity Golf Day Broome W.A. 
  • October 15th, 2017 - Black Dog on a Lead walk for Sirens of Silence Charity, Stay tuned for registration details.

My BLURB

2017 Just keeps getting bigger and better:

March saw the exciting release of our partnership with a fantastic community mental health initiative 'Black Dog on a Lead', the event is a community 6km walk set around Bibra Lake in Perth, designed to engage the discussion of mental health, this year the focus will be on raising awareness for our triple zero heroes, the 2017 event will be Sunday October 15th, the last Sunday of Mental Health week in Western Australia.

BDOAL have invited SOS to join forces and with that comes significant exposure and partnerships with their generous major sponsor 'Chandler Macleod' recruitment company. We will be meeting with Chandler Macleod executives in April to outline new pathways for our emergency service personnel to transition into new careers. We are super excited to be partnered with the wonderful crew at Black Dog on a Lead, for you to be a part of the community that saves those who save you, stay tuned for more information as the event draws closer.

Like Black Dog on a Lead on Facebook and stay up to date with all details of this years event

and engage in the open discussions regarding mental health.

      


Do you want to keep your body and mind fit and healthy? Well we would to introduce our members to another exciting fitness partnership, this month we welcome on board 'Jetts Fitness' in Yokine. Thanks to owner Becky Phillips, we have the amazing offer to SOS members, simply sign up with Becky at Yokine or call her and she will gladly visit you to sign you up for your new healthy outlook. Your membership with Jetts will allow you access 24/7 to over 44 Jetts clubs in W.A. and over 250 clubs worldwide. *Special discount applies to Sirens of Silence Members only*


"As you begin your workout, your brain's neurotransmitters -- one of its chemical messengers -- connect memory with muscle to get you moving, according to the Franklin Institute. The feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment you experience during your workout stimulate the pleasure center of your brain and lift your mood. At the same time, the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline are reduced as endorphins are released, finds Harvard Medical Center. This combination of activity helps decrease stress levels, while increasing feelings of happiness, calmness and pleasure."


May sees the return of the Gibb Challenge back in full force and with the pedals already turning up here in the Kimberley region, its time to get your fund-raising into gear, as each year the event allows for teams and individuals to have a choice of beneficiaries, SOS has created the fund-raising page for those who wish to continue to support us, we are thankful and honoured to have you join us at Gibbster's Choice. Create your team, family or individual link and start fundraising to support our triple zero heroes. "Be a part of the community who helps save the ones who save you" 

Well it seems May has it all up here in the Kimberley, the 2017 Pradopoint GTG gets underway May 28th from Kununurra. This year Pradopoint GTG have selected to raise funds from fines for SOS, we are delighted with this as not only will the event raise funds but also much needed awareness reaching far and wide amongst the enthusiasts of the event and its followers. With so much water being dumped in the tropical north this wet season these guys and gals are surely in for a spectacular waterfall show. 


On another bright exciting note, are you looking for new friends and healthy exercise with like minded people? Why not join Rogue Runners Club Australia, this wonderful supportive bunch of short and long distance runners raise money and awareness for Sirens of Silence, to keep up to date with all things Rogue like them on Facebook and declare yourself 'Rogue'.

The Rogue’s mission is to become the ‘go-to’ community running crew and network for paid or voluntary emergency service personnel and their families to assist with fitness, running and nutritional goals in support of reducing and preventing the impacts and symptoms of post-traumatic stress and mental illness.

So what to do now: declare yourself  'Rogue' on the Facebook page at RRCA Members Group, and meet some of the wonderful inspiring, creative like minded people from Rogue Runners Club Australia.

The fundraising has begun, if you would like to sponsor your favourite Rogue or join the fund-raising leader board as a 'Rogue' individual or team simply visit Rogue Runners for Sirens of Silence Charity Inc via our Mycause platform.

Keep an eye out for the Jase and Dan (below) at the big bright ORANGE RRCA marquee at running events with some fabulous tunes playing on the PA, they have gold coin donation post run 'rub downs' by the fabulous team of soothing hands from the Australian Institute of Fitness as well merchandise sales of runners Tee's and Singlets.


A CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

Mental health problems are a pervasive and debilitating issue for many Australian paramedics. Researchers at Edith Cowan University are undertaking new and exciting research aimed at investigating the factors associated with mental health problems in Australian paramedics. It is envisioned that this research will illuminate key contributing factors and the development of procedural and interventional strategies.

In order to carry out this vital and timely research, we are in search of individuals working as a paramedic for an Australian ambulance service. As part of this research you will be asked to complete a series of vital questionnaires aimed at assessing mental health and wellbeing. These questionnaires will take approximately 30 - 50 minutes to complete and can be done in the comfort of your own home. Your participation and all information will remain confidential.

ECU ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR ANY PARAMEDIC WORKING FULL TIME OR PART TIME IN AUSTRALIA TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS VITAL RESEARCH


 

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND HELP THE PARAMEDIC COMMUNITY PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

 Mr Tim Rankin| Email: trankin@our.ecu.edu.au |Phone: 6304 3453

Dr Travis Cruickshank| Email: t.cruickshank@ecu.edu.au |Phone: 6304 3416

Professor Russell Jones| Email: Russell.Jones@ecu.edu.au |Phone: 6304 2043


News articles from 2016 Gibb Challenge:

Ambulance Active Journal Autumn 2016: http://www.ambulanceactive.com.au/the-official-journal-of-the-national-council-of-ambulance-unions/

GWN News item at the Pentecost river: https://au.gwn7.yahoo.com/w1/news/a/-/local/31741386/hundreds-take-on-gruelling-outback-challenge-video/

Kimberley Echo Video Elquestro. https://www.facebook.com/KimberleyEcho/videos/1292205407473929/

Sirens of Silence, Home Valley Station Thank you Speech: https://youtu.be/et_Pq5pxNlg

Rule #5 2016 Gibb Challenge Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-AvowzT3Cs

Team Korea 2016 Gibb Challenge Video- thanks to Paik and Jesse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw3v8xldx5w

Kimberley Echo news article: https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/31696030/gibb-challenge-raises-400-000-for-broomes-sirens-of-silence/

Broome Advertiser news article: https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/31641708/gibb-challenge-funds-to-help-sirens-of-silence-expand/


Other Important Information: 

- Online Merchandise: Don't forget if you would like to have your very own piece of Sirens of Silence merchandise you can visit our new look on line store and remember all orders help raise awareness and much needed funds to support your emergency service personnel. 

- New Partnerships: Sirens of Silence Charity is building new partnerships all the time, we also have a new 'Support Services' page, on the page you will find all our new partnerships with many specialised professionals for treatments or assistance on relevant matters. 

Special discounts apply for Sirens of Silence Members, contact us for more information to see any of our wonderful professional organisations. 

- Fundraising: If you or your organisation would like to fundraise on behalf of SOS please contact us by email sirensofsilence@westnet.com.au we are grateful to all offers of assistance, whether by way of 'in kind' support, discounts, raising awareness as well as the fabulous $$ fund-raising.  

News Updates

Latest News Articles -

ABC - 'You Can't ask That' S2 Suicide Attempt Survivors April 2017

ABC News - 'Ashley Bryant Inquest' 26th April 2017

WAtoday - 'The issue of Police suicide is peaking' 19th April 2017

Herald Sun - 'MFB sued by father of fire fighter who committed suicide' 15th April 2017

The Age - 'AFP under fire over support services' 10th Feb 2017

The Age - 'Female AFP officer dies in hospital' 7th Feb 2017

The Australian - 'UFU bid to keep firefighter suicides review suppressed' 13th Dec 2016

'Golden partnership that aims to save lives' 2nd Nov 2016

Perth Now - 'St John Ambulance Responsible' 18th Sept 2016

Perth Now - 'St John Ambulance CEO Tony Ahern must resign or be sacked' MP Adele Farina 13th Sept 2016

The West Australian - 'Reports expose toxic workplace culture' 9th Sept 2016

Perth Now - 'St John Boss at odds with WA government' 13th Sept 2016

St John Ambulance WA Independent Oversight Panel Report and Reviews 9th Sept 2016

A Current Affair - 'Frontliners' 19th Aug 2016

4 Corners - 'Insurers Accused of making PTSD worse' 1st Aug 2016

4 Corners - 'Insult to Injury' 1st Aug 2016

Paramedics Overstretched 3rd May 2016

SJA in WA on defensive in lead up to suicide reviews 22nd April 2016

MP Adele Farina Slams Report 9th March 2016

Chief Psychiatrist Report 9th March 2016

Ambulance Service told to Improve 9th March 2016

ABC News article: Bullying Claims not Addressed 9th March 2016

The Age - Emergency Services Mental Health Crisis 14th Feb 2016

ABC 7.30 Program: EMDR 20th November 2015

ABC 7.30 Program: "Did a culture of bullying contribute to spate in Paramedic suicides"? 4th November 2015

Former Paramedics call for better support services 4th November 2015

New Support Guidelines for PTSD in Australia 28th October 2015

Charity aims to support emergency service heroes 13th August 2015

Paramedic speaks of struggle with PTSD 6th August 2015


RIP Notices

March 2017

- A very well-respected South Australian Police Officer has died after taking his own life. No further details are available surrounding this tragedy. 

February 2017

- Sadly the new year of 2017 has seen a number of suicides and attempted suicides within the emergency services across Australia.

February 27th, The WAPOL community lost Senior Constable Lisa Cannon 13557. The funeral for Lisa is to be held on Friday 10th March 0900hrs at the WA Police Academy, Joondalup. Many who have worked alongside Lisa have paid tribute on social media at the sad loss of her short life.

February 5th, A female Victorian 'Australian Federal Police' officer has reportedly taken her own life at the states Head Quarters. No further details available currently.

August 2016

- Sadly we farewell another triple zero hero: Senior Constable Leigh McQuade from NSW Police, died 18th August 2016.

February 2016

- February brings great sadness for all involved within the WA Ambulance, we are extremely saddened to announce the death of Paramedic Paul Oliver on February 10th. Paul recently worked in Hedland Western Australia and will remain 'In our Hearts' as a great work mate and great friend. 

We have no further details surrounding Paul's death at this stage. See our memorial page for a special mention of Paul.

- With great sadness we announce Ambulance Paramedic Liam Bilsborough took his life today the 4th February in Toodyay W.A. Liam was recently stationed in Kalgoorlie. Our thoughts and our hearts go out to his family, friends, colleagues and all who knew this gentle lovely man.

Many of us have worked with and alongside Liam, sadly we have no answers but we will remember you always "In our Hearts" Rest In Peace, you have your final 89 and goodnight. 

October 2015

- Sadly this month we say goodbye and stand down to a number of overseas EMT's and emergency service personnel. Sadly our colleagues across the seas have had another tragic month with too many lives lost in the U.S. South Africa and the U.K. We have all seen too many suicides, our thoughts are with you all at these difficult times. 

- Back home to Australia we say farewell and RIP to a young female paramedic from Geelong, Victoria. (Name not released) RIP young one. 

- We also say farewell to Senior Constable Simone Carroll from Victoria, SC Carroll will be laid to rest on the 20th October 2015, 1030hrs. Police Academy (main Chapel) 1 View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley, Victoria. 

With a gathering to remember SC Carroll at the Mulgrave Country Club, Wheelers Hill. 

September 2015 

- In memory of retired Police Superintendent Mr Roy Patterson.

Roy passed away aged 89 on the 2nd Sept 2015 with his loving wife Tina at his bedside, his Funeral Service will be held at East Chapel, Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, 1430hrs Wednesday 9th September. You will be sadly missed by many Roy, RIP. 

August 2015

- Sadly firefighter, war vet and former police officer Kevin Corby will be laid to rest on 12th August 2015 at Karrakatta 1030hrs. Followed by a send off at the Herdsman. 

July 2015

-It is with great sadness we can report a Western Australian Police Officer has taken his life in the Goldfields on Friday 24th July 2015, our thoughts are with all involved, family, friends and colleagues.  RIP Brother in Blue. 

Our Police Officers place their lives on the line everyday, the ongoing side effects of continual traumatic events and saddening situations can lead to various issues for those we know to be strong and proud. Consider the next time you see a Police Officer doing the job they dedicate themselves to, thank them for being the ones who choose to be there to keep us all safe. 

The funeral service for Scott Blanchard will be held on Thursday 6th August 2015 at Karrakatta 1430hrs 

If you or someone you know needs immediate help for a crisis situation please call 000 for help

or

Click the links below and seek immediate help from

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

24hours a day 7 days a week.