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Tegan Cotterill
Social Work

Tegan is a social worker with 15 years’ experience in clinical work and project management. She is the full time coordinator for LifeSpan Newcastle, the first trial site of Black Dog Institute’s NSW research trials, and has worked in this role since 2016 at Everymind in Newcastle. This role involves coordinating the implementation of evidence based suicide prevention strategies with the aim of building a safety net for the community by connecting and coordinating new and existing interventions and programs, and building the capacity of the community to better support people facing a suicide crisis.

Tegan has worked in suicide prevention since 2013, and has developed extensive knowledge about the evidence base for suicide prevention across a range of interventions while working at Everymind on national and state level suicide prevention projects, including Mindframe and Conversations Matter, developing and disseminating resources and delivering training.

Prior to joining Everymind Tegan worked in clinical roles for 9 years in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) special projects and community teams, as well as in hospital settings working with children, young people and families with complex needs.

Accreditation/Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Social Work

Memberships

  • Suicide Prevention Australia Member

Snapshot of Areas of Expertise

  • Knowledge about a range of evidence based suicide prevention interventions including gatekeeper training, crisis response, aftercare, risk assessment and formulation, means restriction, effective therapeutic treatments
  • Knowledge about universal prevention approaches such as responsible media reporting and programs for young people, to understanding issues of contagion of suicidal behaviour, and the importance of coordinated postvention responses
  • Provision of clinical supervision specific to suicide: one on one, web and phone based
  • Facilitation of suicide prevention training to a range of audiences
  • Program coordination and leadership in implementing evidence based suicide prevention interventions

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