Name: Phil Thornton
About: I have been a member of Yellow Ribbon Mid-West since 2018 and previously served as Secretary for a short time before being elected Chairperson.
I have worked with people all my life in a variety of roles and have developed a deep interest in their aspirations, successes and shortcomings. I will always seek to improve outcomes for people wherever I can, regardless of their circumstances, race, colour, ethnicity, sexuality and well-being with great passion. It is this desire that initially lead me to work as a volunteer with the Yellow Ribbon Society.
I have a range of qualifications raging from tertiary to post-secondary level that
primarily focus on management, teaching and information technology. I am now retired which allows me to devote more time to projects of which I am passionate about, such as Yellow Ribbon.
Name: Jacki Ward
About: Jacki Ward is a Registered Nurse who has worked in the Midwest for most of her career.
Jacki is currently employed by the WA Primary Health Alliance as the Coordinator of the Commonwealth funded Suicide Prevention trial.
The trial aims to destigmatise depression in the community, making mental health a subject people feel more comfortable hearing about, talking about and doing something about, thereby reducing the incidence of self-harm in our community.
Name: Sarah Collins
About: I have been member of Midwest Yellow Ribbon for Life Inc since last year and I am the current treasurer. I become involved in suicide awareness and prevention after the loss of my own mother to suicide five years ago.
I am also on the GSPAG (Geraldton Suicide Prevention Action Group) and also the Suicide Prevention Committee.
Have recently completed training to facilitate Conversations for Life on behalf of Yellow Ribbon and will commence training this year to volunteer as a crisis telephone support officer for the Samaritans.
I am currently studying a Batchelor in Counselling and hope to support individuals with mental health issues once completed.
Married and with four children, I am extremely passionate in mental health awareness and prevention.
Name: Fleur Newcombe
About: I have been living in Western Australia since 2002 and have three children. I have been interested in suicide research and prevention since working as a mental health nurse in the UK from 1992 until 2001. I love living in Geraldton and feel very proud to be lucky enough to be an Australian. The most important things in my life are my children and my dedication to community services in Australia.
Name: Robyn Hunt
About: I have been a member of Yellow Ribbon since 2007 and enjoy volunteering in the field of Mental Health, giving back to my community and meeting people from all walks of life.
Since returning to study as a mature age student, I have qualified in Holistic Counselling, Artistic Therapies and become a Facilitator for Conversations for Life.
It has been a rewarding and positive experience working with Expressive Therapies since 2005, with the use of mediums such as water colour, crayon, clay and sand play.
My particular area of interest is Grief and Loss and completing courses like Emotional Literacy, Seasons for Growth and the Map of Loss have complimented my facilitation of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Bereavement Groups.