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Murray PHN is seeking to engage a provider to deliver The Way Back psychosocial support services to people who have attempted suicide or are at high risk of suicide in the Sunraysia region.

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The Way BackA small band of convicts stage a daring escape from a World War II-era Siberian gulag, and embark on a treacherous journey across five countries in a race for freedom and survival. Following the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, violent conflicts and a sluggish transition from a centralised economy to open markets sparked massive emigration from the Western Balkans once again, expanding already large diaspora communities. By the end of 2013, 5.7 million people originating from the Western Balkans lived abroad, bringing the region’s average emigration rate to 31.2 percent – ranging from 18.2 percent in Serbia to 45.3 percent in Montenegro. 8 Since the 1990s, a significant number of people have returned to the region – many of them coming back with ideas on how to rebuild their country. Nonetheless, in the last five years, slow growth and poor socio-economic conditions in the Western Balkans, coupled with diminishing prospects that countries there would join the European Union, have led to disappointment that resulted in a new wave of emigration.

Even the prospect of emigration affects economies: young people in the Western Balkans make educational choices in line with demand in a destination country more often than that at home, increasing competition in the some sectors. For instance, the number of people attending German-language schools in the region – such as the Goethe Centre in Sarajevo and the Mostar Centre for German language, Vokabula”, which provides special courses for medical workers – is steadily increasing.

Kazik freezes to death the second night of the trek, after losing his way back to the campsite while looking for wood, and the group buries him. After many days of travelling across the snows of Siberia, the group reaches Lake Baikal There they meet Irena ( Saoirse Ronan ), a young Polish girl, who tells them that Russian soldiers murdered her parents and sent her to a collective farm near Warsaw , where they treated her cruelly, so she escaped. Smith realises the inaccuracies in her story, as Warsaw is occupied by the Germans ; nevertheless, despite his misgivings that she’ll slow them down and tax their meager food supply, he agrees with the group to let her in. Smith eventually cautions her about the lie and says he will not tolerate any more, in response to which she admits that her parents were communists but the communist rulers killed them anyway and sent her to an orphanage.


A constructive approach to emigration will remain elusive for as long as the issue continues to be discussed as strictly a moral and political crisis. For the EU, understanding Western Balkans countries’ perspectives on emigration is an essential step towards determining how its institutions can contribute to emigration management effectively. This process will establish realistic expectations on both sides.

WITH: Ed Harris (Mr. Smith), Jim Sturgess (Janusz), Saoirse Ronan (Irena), Colin Farrell (Valka), Mark Strong (Khabarov), Dragos Bucur (Zoran), Alexandru Potocean (Tomasz), Gustaf Skarsgard (Voss) and Sebastian Urzendowsky (Kazik).

It’s been a hot minute since Ben Affleck graced us with his talent on, or off-screen. The actor, producer, director, and dad spent time away from the entertainment industry to manage his lifelong struggle with sobriety. Now, with his latest film, The Way Back, Affleck tackles addiction in, what could be, his most emotional project to date. Here’s what we know about The Way Back so far.

In a bleak prison yard in 1940, a Polish political prisoner named Janusz and a dozen other recently convicted “enemies of the Soviet people” stand freezing as a commandant tells them about the gulag to which Stalin has sent them, and in which they’re likely to die.

The book’s big selling point, however, was not the horrifying story of life in the camps but the story of how seven men escaped from a remote camp and travelled 4,000 miles by foot across Siberia, Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, Tibet and the Himalayas before the surviving members of the party found sanctuary in India in 1941. Solzhenitsyn wrote that escaping from the gulag was “an enterprise for giants among men – but for doomed giants”, and The Long Walk is an inspiring tale of courage and survival against superhuman odds.

While in hospital or shortly after leaving hospital, a Support Coordinator from The Way Back Support Service will be in touch with you to check in and see how things are going. You are also welcome to make contact with us any time during the three months after you leave hospital.

He has noted to me many times how much Denver has changed since 1960, both in the growth of the Mile High City and in terms of the change from old Bears Stadium, to Mile High Stadium, and now to Empower Field at Mile High, adding that “One thing that has never changed is the passion of the fans here. Even when the Broncos were not very good in those early years, the fans were always loud and supportive.

We’d be remiss not to say the poignant snapshot of a recovering alcoholic’s journey towards redemption doesn’t resemble the Oscar-winning actor’s own life. Affleck ( and partner, Matt Damon ) surely pulled inspiration from real life. However, The Way Back appears to be a story of fiction.

The Way Back Support Service is a Beyond Blue initiative providing non-clinical care and practical support to individuals for up to three months following a suicide attempt. The period just after a suicide attempt is recognised as a vulnerable time and the Way Back Support Service aims to prevent further harm.

Some people have bad taste and others have taste more like mine. Yet my taste is large. It contains multitudes. There is room for vulgarity, if it’s well done. It’s a shame to say so, but perhaps it would have helped “The Way Back” if Peter Weir had relaxed his standards slightly, slipped in some dramatic conflict and made better use of that pretty Polish girl.

A Polish POW prisoner, Janusz Wieszczek, is interrogated about being a WWII spy, but refuses to break. The Russians send him to the Gulag to labor in Siberia for twenty years. At the Gulag, Janusz collaborates on an elaborate escape plan with an assortment of hapless prisoners of various nationalities. The men manage to escape during a raging snowstorm, which provides some cover. The path they take is treacherous. The men face freezing temperatures and harsh winter snow. Along the way they encounter, Irene, a Polish girl whose parents were killed by Russian soldiers. When they finally reach Mongolia, they realize it too is under Russian control. Getting to India is their only hope for freedom. Making it through the Himalayas requires their last bit of willpower.


The EU should show, on a practical level, that it takes brain drain seriously and can listen to the concerns of the region’s citizens. In this, it should use all available mechanisms to formulate a new EU Western Balkans strategy, thereby demonstrating its commitment to the effort. The EU should adjust its Structural and Cohesion Funds to the context of large-scale emigration, and perhaps extend the initiative from only a few Western Balkans countries to all of them. The organisation should also use existing mechanisms, such as Eurostat, to further engage with the issue of migration, gather methodologically sound data on migration flows, and transparently report this data. Only an informed discussion can produce credible solutions. Eurostat should be able to align its monitoring systems with those of EU member states, providing open access to its databases.

In 2008, the global economic crisis damaged the region’s economy, forcing governments there to adopt austerity measures that prevented significant growth. As the Economist Intelligence Unit observed, in 2012, GDP in the Western Balkans was still almost 10 percent below its 1989 level, whereas it was almost 60 percent higher on average in the countries that joined the EU in 2004-07.” 11 Given such a stark absence of visible progress, there is a profound feeling within the Western Balkans that nothing will change, and that – in looking for a better life, greater opportunities, or merely a decent standard of living – citizens of the region are increasingly willing to move to other countries. By doing so, they hope to realise their potential elsewhere and enjoy the benefits of a prosperous society much faster than is possible at home.

The Way Back is a 2010 movie that tells the story of three men who escape from a Siberian gulag and survive a 4,000 mile walk to reach freedom in India. The international cast includes Colin Farrell playing a Russian thug named Valka, and Ed Harris playing an American engineer who says his name is Mr. Smith. Jim Sturgess, in the role of Janusz Wieszczek, is the leader of the original band of seven escapees. He is a Polish officer tormented by memories of his wife, who denounced him as a spy after being tortured by the Soviets. Along the way, the men are joined by a young Polish girl played by Saoirse Ronan, who drinks vodka like a man and appears to be willing to say anything in order to stay alive.

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In 1941, three men attempt to flee communist Russia, escaping a Siberian gulag. The film tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl who joins them in flight. The group’s natural leader is Janusz, a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife, spent much of his youth outdoors, and knows how to live in the wild. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: a cynical American, a Russian thug, a comedic accountant, a pastry chef who draws, a priest, and a Pole with night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, as well as many moral and ethical dilemmas throughout the journey towards freedom.

Directed by Peter Weir, the film earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Makeup. The cinematography has also won wide acclaim for depicting the harsh beauty of Siberia, the Gobi desert and the Himalayas. Some news sources including the BBC have raised questions about its original claims to being inspired by true events. In any case, the movie is deeply grounded in the impact of Soviet Communism on European history.

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There is, however, a certain problem at the centre of the project. Quite early on, some observers cast doubts on the overall authenticity of The Long Walk, and it is pretty well established that Rawicz did not make such a journey. He was released under an amnesty in 1942 and rejoined the Polish army in the Middle East, and what seems likely is that he heard the story from a camp survivor, or possibly several, and maybe even convinced himself that such things did happen to him.


Public discourse on brain drain in the Western Balkans is often oversimplified: emigration boosts knowledge transfers, remittances, and access to advanced technology, improving stability and long-term development opportunities in the region.

With the eager help of Khabarov (Mark Strong) and the rather more sharp advice from an enigmatic American, Mr. Smith (Ed Harris, terse, tense and very Ed Harris), who warns of the dangers of kindness, Janusz settles into the prisoner’s routine. He harvests wood and digs for coal, learns to keep quiet and how to vanquish lice. (Bury your clothing in the snow.) The unspeakable conditions, the grime, haunted faces, violent outbursts and eerie lighting — along with the startling contrast between the splendor of the natural surroundings and the ugliness of the camp — makes this place of death come alive, a verisimilitude that’s almost undone when a heavily tattooed Colin Farrell starts throwing gangster attitude.

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