Welcome to our latest Newsletter. It is in a new format which we hope you’ll like. Let us know what you think.
Pete Nicholls, our new CEO
Welcome Pete Nicholls, our new CEO. Pete joined us in 2013 as a volunteer facilitator in our West Sydney Parramatta Dads in Distress (DIDs) Group; later he went on to open our Sydney CBD DIDs group and another in the Northern Beaches. The Sydney CBD group is now one of our busiest and most effective. Alongside facilitating, Pete has also served on our board helping to drive modernisation of our infrastructure to enable expansion and is a regular on the speaker circuit and in media on the subject of parental alienation, male suicide and fathering post separation.
In April of this year Pete was asked to step down from the board and to take on the role of acting CEO; this was primarily to help shape our external relationships and to improve funding to help us reach and support more people. Almost immediately we threw him in front of the media and you can see, listen and read what he has to say about our work and the subject of male suicide post separation. Chances are you’ll see or hear from him in a place near you soon.
Since April, Pete has been instrumental in developing new ways of working with the private sector i joint ventures to raise capital and develop new technology platforms within PBB. The intent is to widen our ability to reach more people in need of support without the need to rely on scarce taxpayer funding. We’ve made some amazing inroads with Australia’s insurance industry with approaches to client care that reduce suicide and we hope to share more on that in the coming weeks and months.
Blistering performance in suicide prevention, particularly male suicide
We’ll write more about this in future but we did want to share some critical figures regarding PBB’s performance. These stem from an internal quality audit in 2016. Two key factors in suicide prevention, particularly with men, centre around a sense of isolation and a sense of hopelessness. These are, therefore, the basis of our national intervention and support programs.
The audit informs us that ‘sense of hopelessness’ drops from around 79% upon a parent first reaching out to us, to around 12% within just a few weeks. In line with this drop, suicidality reduces from 51% to zero.
Why is this important? Well, apart from the obvious and positive impact on parental suicide, particularly when it comes to fathers, it also speaks to the unique nature of our work in a sector otherwise dominated by online and activist groups that tend to exacerbate rather than minimise a separating parents’ ‘sense of hopelessness’. Ergo, these groups are more likely to increase, not decrease the likelihood of suicide. We believe this is a key reason why we are one of the most successful organisations in Australia if not further afield, working in grass roots parental suicide prevention.
Barry our GMO moves on to pastures new
It is with sadness that we recently accepted the resignation of our General Manager of Operations, Barry Guidera. Barry has been with Parents Beyond Breakup (Dads in Distress under its old name) since 2009 and has done a great job of creating order out of what can be chaos in an endlessly busy charity. Under his care we have significantly increased the number of people that we support each year and the quality and consistency of our support across Australia has dramatically improved.
Today we handle well over 10,000 support ‘events’ each year, and do so with exceptional results; a 2016 internal quality assessment suggests over 350 parents that year did not take their lives specifically and solely due to the intervention support of PBB. No small achievement. Barry goes with heartfelt thanks and our best wishes.
Its that time of year again and our AGM is approaching. This year it falls on Thursday 12th October and a quick reminder to all of our expired financial members that you only have until 17:00 Thursday 31st Aug 2017 to renew. An earlier reminder was emailed direct to all current and ex financial members but we’re also now making online application available for in these last few hours. If you haven’t done so, now is the time to act. All applications are subject to (a) a minimum $5 per annum fee and (b) approval at the sole discretion of the PBB board in line with our current constitution.