Suicide prevention funding offers hope for North Coast NSW community
Lifeline has today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of $600,000 in suicide prevention funding for North Coast NSW, with the national charity committing to help build on the innovative work currently being done at the community level.
Lifeline Australia CEO Pete Shmigel said that the organisation is strongly concerned about recent suicides in the Clarence Valley and is working closely with governments and local stakeholders to deliver appropriate lifesaving programs and services.
“Lifeline understands the profound impact that these deaths have had on individuals, families and the wider community,” Mr Shmigel said.
“We commend the Federal Health Minister for dedicating significant funds to suicide prevention activities, as well as supporting the establishment of local headspace youth mental health services in Grafton.
“Lifeline stands ready to support this community and will participate in the Our Healthy Clarence initiative launched yesterday. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to be involved and work with the broad range of local stakeholders who are crucial in addressing the complex social and emotional factors that can contribute to suicidal behaviour.
“Lifeline is committed to looking for opportunities to provide further assistance to the Our Healthy Clarence network in helping the community towards recovery and finding strength and hope in the future. For instance, we are offering to expedite the delivery of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and safeTALK, as well as the delivery of an awareness and information campaign to promote help-seeking to vulnerable groups in the community.”
Mr Shmigel said an advertising campaign will encourage people to make use of Lifeline’s 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention helpline 13 11 14 and nightly online Crisis Support Chat as free services available to all. Help-seeing info kits will also be made available.
The announcement from Federal Health Minister the Hon. Greg Hunt MP can be read here.
Please note: Lifeline urges media outlets to take considered and sensitive approach to coverage of this issue, in line with the Mindframe Media guidelines for reporting on suicide.
For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp