Residents mark mental health days
■ 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.
Children in Roebourne let off an armada of balloons for RU OK? Day.
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.