Fund­ing for men­tal health first-aid

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Three Pil­bara or­gan­i­sa­tions have re­ceived grants to con­duct sui­cide­pre­ven­tion train­ing among high­risk groups.

Roe­bourne-based Yaan­d­ina Fam­ily Cen­tre was awarded $16,800 and Mawarnkarra Health Ser­vice re­ceived $20,000

Mis­sion Aus­tralia’s $16,372 will go to­wards ac­cred­it­ing staff mem­bers to con­duct Abo­rig­i­nal men­tal health first-aid train­ing.

Lib­eral Mem­ber for Min­ing and Pas­toral Mark Lewis said the fund­ing would teach peo­ple to iden­tify when some­one needed help and to know what to do to keep that per­son safe.

“The grants will strengthen ca­pac­ity of our com­mu­nity to help re­duce the in­ci­dence of sui­cide, es­pe­cially among groups that are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble,” he said.

“Sui­cide pre­ven­tion is a pri­or­ity for our com­mu­nity and these grants will al­low the or­gan­i­sa­tions to help pre­vent this hor­ren­dous loss of life and suf­fer­ing.” Men­tal Health Min­is­ter An­drea Mitchell said the fund­ing would tar­get groups such as Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties, peo­ple in re­gional ar­eas, LGBTI pop­u­la­tions, young peo­ple and cul­tur­ally and lin­guis­ti­cally di­verse pop­u­la­tions.

“This fund­ing will make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to strength­en­ing the ca­pac­ity of com­mu­ni­ties to help re­duce the in­ci­dence of sui­cide, es­pe­cially among groups that are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble,” she said. Thirty ap­pli­ca­tions for sui­cide pre­ven­tion re­ceived fund­ing un­der the grants round, en­abling train­ing such as men­tal health first aid, Abo­rig­i­nal men­tal health first aid, safeTALK, Open­ing Clos­ets and ASIST to be con­ducted.

Seven Kim­ber­ley, two Gold­fields, five Wheat­belt and 10 metropoli­tan Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal pro­grams re­ceived fund­ing.

“These grants in­clude $296,521 for Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties and ser­vice providers to train peo­ple to sup­port fam­ily, friends and com­mu­nity mem­bers to recog­nise and help peo­ple who may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a men­tal health emer­gency or are hav­ing sui­ci­dal thoughts,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The re­main­ing $264,311 has been awarded for sui­cide pre­ven­tion train­ing for other high-risk groups.”

If you or some­one you know is think­ing of sui­cide, phone Life­line on 13 11 14.

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