Rais­ing aware­ness for im­por­tant cause

Central and North Burnett Times - - OUT& ABOUT -

THE Mt Perry Fun Day and Truck Pull has been help­ing to raise aware­ness for pre­ven­tion of youth sui­cide for over a decade and this year that legacy con­tin­ues.

Mt Perry State High School chap­lain Dar­ren Lau­rance said the dona­tions raised on the day were in­valu­able for the pro­grams in place to help com­bat the is­sue.

“The mine has been sup­port­ing pre­ven­tion of youth sui­cide here at the highs school for the last 13 years,” Mr Lau­rance said.

“Be­cause the truck pull has been giv­ing sig­nif­i­cant dona­tions we have been able to, as a school, use those dona­tions in pre­ven­ta­tive type pro­grams.”

Mr Lau­rance said the dona­tions pro­vided the funds that were nec­es­sary for him to take on a full-time role in the school.

“We thought that in­stead of just get­ting staff here at the school trained in the right pro­grams that we could also be­come train­ers our­selves,” Mr Lau­rance said.

“And when the truck pull started to raise sig­nif­i­cant dona­tions we have been able to start run­ning two work­shops to train peo­ple in sui­cide pre­ven­tion.”

Mr Lau­rance said while the pro­grams tar­geted school staff they were also open to any­one from other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Since we started the work­shops we have trained 200 peo­ple in those 12 years and that is right across the Wide Bay and Burnett,” Mr Lau­rance said.

Mr Lau­rance said the role the fun Day played in the pre­ven­tion of youth sui­cide was an im­por­tant one.

“Your key thing for sui­cide pre­ven­tion is peo­ple be­ing en­gaged in the com­mu­nity,” Mr Lau­rance said.

“Gen­er­ally if some­one is re­ally hav­ing is­sues they can of­ten feel dis­con­nected from the com­mu­nity, but peo­ple com­ing to­gether for an event and be­ing in­volved in the com­mu­nity is im­por­tant, it is a life pro­mot­ing event.”

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