Fo­cus shifts to young peo­ple

Benalla Ensign - - News - By Si­mon Rup­pert

A com­mu­nity fo­rum was re­cently held as part of the Be­nalla place-based sui­cide-preven­tion trial.

Part of the gov­er­nance struc­ture of the trial is to meet with the com­mu­nity ev­ery six months in a com­mu­nity meet­ing for­mat.

Eighty-Five peo­ple at­tended on the night to hear from speak­ers and many took part in a panel dis­cus­sion with per­for­mance artists Lis­ten­ing to Voices.

A Mur­ray PHN spokesper­son said at­ten­dees were asked to vote on their top pri­or­ity to be worked on within the com­mu­nity as part of the place-based trial.

‘‘The com­mu­nity voted for the topic ‘Pre-Teen In­ter­ven­tion and Preven­tions’, which has a fo­cus on ad­dress­ing youth sui­cide and self-harm,’’ the spokesper­son said.

‘‘This will be a fo­cus of the trial go­ing for­ward.

‘‘A task­force has now been formed to de­ter­mine what this means in Be­nalla and for the trial.’’

The steer­ing group will meet this month to de­ter­mine how this will be im­ple­mented within the com­mu­nity.

● There are a num­ber of ser­vices avail­able for peo­ple who are strug­gling with men­tal health is­sues:

● Life­line: 131 114

● Sui­cide Call Back Ser­vice: 1300 659 467

● Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

● head­to­health.org.au

● Men­tal Health Cri­sis Line: 1300 783 347

● Be­yond­blue: 1300 224 636

● StandBy 24/7 support af­ter sui­cide num­ber: 0439 173 310

● Na­tional In­dige­nous Crit­i­cal Re­sponse Ser­vice: 1800 805 801

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