Suicide prevention workshops in Murray Bridge

SUPPORT FOR ALL: Minister for Mental Health Leesa Vlahos invites communities to apply for suicide prevention community grants. Photo: Facebook.

SUPPORT FOR ALL: Minister for Mental Health Leesa Vlahos invites communities to apply for suicide prevention community grants. Photo: Facebook.

South Australians have been invited to provide feedback on the state’s new draft Suicide Prevention Plan, which outlines areas of priority for the next five years.

The plan outlined several areas of focus including Suicide Prevention Networks as well as improving treatment options and care planning.

Organisations, schools and individuals have been encouraged to apply for an SA Health Suicide Prevention Community Grant now that the 2017 funding round has opened.

Up to $10,000 is available to implement suicide prevention activities, training and projects that will make a difference within the community.

Minister for Mental Health Leesa Vlahos said suicide was the leading cause of death for males and females aged 15 to 44, with more than 3000 Australians dying from suicide in 2015.

“Many South Australians have been affected by suicide and the consequences can be devastating, complex and long-lasting,” she said.

“This is why the State Government is providing grants of up to $10,000 for programs to support our communities in tackling this complex social issue.”

Wesley LifeForce will be conducting a Suicide Prevention Workshop in Murray Bridge this Friday to help participants recognise the signs of suicidal thoughts.

The workshop will be held at the Adelaide Road Motor Lodge at 212 Adelaide Road in Murray Bridge on Friday, May 19 from 9am to 1.30pm. There is no charge to attend the workshop.

The program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them.

If you know of any individuals or groups who may be interested in attending this workshop please ask them to register at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wesley-lifeforce-suicide-prevention-half-day-workshop-murray-bridge-sa-tickets-34446197504.

The training is open to all community members aged over 18 years and morning tea will be provided for all participants.

Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance as well as support materials, which they can use in the future.

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