About CAPS

 

-Changing Lives Since 2007-

Guided by lived experience at both Governance and Services levels CAPS specialises in delivering services and programs to raise awareness of suicide in our communities through individualised coaching, mentoring, training and education.

CAPS specialises in providing care and support to those at risk of suicide aged 15 years and over and their support networks. CAPS face-to-face outreach support service is delivered throughout Brisbane and surrounding areas, and extends its reach throughout Queensland via telephone, web chat, and video platforms. Qualified Counsellors,

CAPS secret ingredient is active collaboration. CAPS collaborate with community service providers, hospital and health services, medical professionals and various members of the community to provide comprehensive wrap around care and support for those at risk of suicide and their support networks.

Our Vision

Supported Communities

We hope for a world in which human potential is no longer wasted due to suicide and communities are able to provide adequate support systems and treatment to those with suicidal ideation.

 

Our Mission

Awareness, Education and Support

Our aim is to reduce the prevalence of suicide in communities by offering programs and services that educate, raise awareness and above all provide emotional and practical support to those at risk of suicide and their family and friends.

Our goal is to help individuals find strength in their ability to cope, to improve their emotional well-being and build resilience in order to manage the challenges that life presents.

 

Our Values

Care without constraints

Compassion for others

Openness without judgment

Collaboration to find strength in numbers

Innovation in how we provide support

Excellence in providing services to highest of standards

Integrity in all we do

 

Our Objectives:

  1. Provide programs and services that provide support, educate and raise awareness
  2. Provide emotional and practical support to those at risk of suicide, their family and friends in order to reduce risk factors, enhance protective factors and to reduce the pressure often associated with suicidal ideation and behavior
  3. Implement researched and evaluated suicide prevention education and training programs to the greater community in order to empower individuals with knowledge and skills to enable them to support someone at risk of suicide
  4. Raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide throughout communities and de-stigmatise the issue of suicide through appropriate and responsible media communication
  5. Provide a collaborative response to suicide prevention and intervention
  6. Link people with services and supports to meet their needs
  7. Build relationship with stakeholders within the community to create a network of support for those at risk
  8. Provide services that are delivered effectively, efficiently and conform to ethical and legal requirements

Who we are…

Community Action for the Prevention of Suicide (CAPS) is a not-for-profit community organisation that has been transforming the lives of people at risk of suicide.

CAPS consists of a group of dedicated individuals who have been touched by suicide in various ways. It is a tragedy that affects many.

 

Our Committee

 


The Executive of CAPS currently includes:


Peter is an experienced company director, having served on the boards of Sunsuper, Medibank Private, Port of Brisbane Corporation, Suncorp Insurance and Finance and as deputy commissioner of the prudential regulator of private health insurance. He worked as an investment banker in London, Hong Kong and Australia. In the not-for-profit sector he has served on the senate of the University of Queensland and boards and committees of numerous organisations in the health, arts and industry sectors.


Steve is a Partner of KPMG Australia, and has over 23 years’ experience providing taxation, accounting and advisory services to a variety of clients in Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts, a Registered Tax Agent, a Registered Migration Agent and Authorised Representative of KPMG Superannuation Services Pty Ltd. Steve specialises in working with inwardly investing overseas companies, privately owned domestic companies and high net worth individuals.



Management Committee Members:


As the founding President of CAPS, Richard has extensive business and financing experience as well as a widespread involvement in a range of community activities. He only recently retired as Director of Infrastructure Investments at the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (REST) which involved extensive corporate governance roles. His other current community activities include as a Board and Audit Committee Member of a Community Housing Association and a Nursing Home respectively.


“We lost our beloved daughter, Susannah, through suicide when she was 15 years old. Susannah became deeply depressed and gave indications of suicide ideation prior to her death. I am passionate in wanting to ensure that many more of our loved ones who suffer similar or other circumstances to Susannah can survive to lead a full life.”
– Richard Roberts


Having worked in the community sector for over 13 years specialising in mental health, suicide prevention, intervention and education, Shana has an in depth understanding of the complexities of the sector and challenges faced by those needing help and support. Shana is committed to helping individuals recognise their strengths to increase hope and supporting CAPS achieve its goals in reducing the number of lives lost to suicide.


 

Our Team

 


With over 10 years experience working in community services specialising in mental health and suicide prevention, intervention and education, Shana aims to support those at risk, raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide in communities and empower individuals through education to recognise signs and help those at risk.


Inga has worked in the community services sector for the past 12 years specialising in Disability, Youth Work and Mental Health. Inga had extensive experience in counselling, education and supporting high needs clients. Inga is dedicated to supporting individuals overcome barriers and helping them build resilience and confidence for the future.


Mandi has been the Youth Project Coordinator at CAPS Inc. since July 2016, with 13 years’ experience of working across the mental health sector through her previous roles with a focus and passion in Youth Work, Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health, specializing in case management, counselling and supporting individuals with high needs. Mandi has a passion of working with people and supporting the human spirit to shine and overcome barriers.


Fiona has been a Client Support Worker at CAPS Inc. since April 2016. Fiona is known for a warm, relaxed and comfortable approach to working with people. Her approach involves genuine caring, acceptance, and non-judgment. Fiona has a bachelor of Counselling and previously enjoyed working with children and young people in a Young Peoples Grief and Loss Counselling Centre. Fiona has a passion for helping others re-discover meaning and purpose in life, while teaching skills that will assist them to use their own unique internal navigation system to journey through life.