Res­i­dents mark men­tal health days

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

■ R U OK? Day and World Sui­cide Preven­tion Day were both on last week as Pil­bar­ians raised aware­ness about both themes.

In Kar­ratha, the OzHelp Foun­da­tion and StandBy Re­sponse Ser­vice held an an­nual af­ter­noon tea to ac­knowl­edge WSPD at the Leisure­plex on Thurs­day.

Peo­ple from in­dus­try, lo­cal busi­ness, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and the public at­tended to lis­ten to the ex­pe­ri­ences of Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jodi Love, army Chap­lain Mick Ge­orge, and Dampier Sea­far­ers Cen­tre Chap­lin Ian McGilvray.

Speak­ers talked about is­sues re­lated to sui­cide and men­tal health.

There were also stalls and an adult colour­ing-in ses­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to OzHelp, there were 2522 deaths by sui­cide in 2013 in Aus­tralia.

Lo­cal StandBy co-or­di­na­tor Mel Swiatek said they were in­volved be­cause WSPD fur­ther raised aware­ness of what StandBy could do to sup­port peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by sui­cide.

“By en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to reach out for help and en­abling com­mu­ni­ties to re­spond, we can make a real dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers and as­sist to pre­vent fur­ther sui­cide loss,” she said.

On Wed­nes­day, the Roe­bourne bas­ket­ball courts were taken over for an R U OK? Day event by the PCYC, Yaan­d­ina, CSSU, Fam­ily Plan­ning WA, Roe­bourne Dis­trict High School, Depart­ment of Child Pro­tec­tion and Fam­ily Ser­vices, Act Be­long Com­mit, Roe­bourne Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre and Roe­bourne po­lice.

There was tug of war, arm art­work, paint­ing, food, Lego, read­ing, a colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion, dodge­ball, and peo­ple wrote mes­sages on yel­low bal­loons to re­mind them what to do when they do not feel that they are OK.

There was also in­for­ma­tion on hand about pro­tec­tive be­hav­iour, sex­ual health, men­tal health, lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy, stay­ing strong in mind and body and more.

Pic­tures: Roe­bourne WA Po­lice and Com­mu­nity Youth Cen­tre

Chil­dren in Roe­bourne let off an ar­mada of bal­loons for RU OK? Day.

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

Ian McGilvray, An­thony Veder, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jodi Love, Mick Ge­orge, An­ton tem Brinka, Mel Swiatek, Beth Muller and Sarah Boagey at a Kar­ratha’s R U OK? Day event.

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