Spreading suicide prevention message
Karratha community services marked World Suicide Prevention Day last week with a public event exploring the issue on the theme of connection, communication and care.
Suicide prevention organisation OzHelp Foundation hosted a well-attended morning tea at Karratha’s Welcome Lotteries House, featuring guest speakers discussing some main root causes of suicide. OzHelp field officer Beth Muller said World Suicide Prevention Day was especially important in the Pilbara, where rates of mental illness remain far higher than in other parts of the State, partly because of the fly-in, fly-out rosters of many workers.
“The role of prevention is keeping yourself in that good headspace,” Ms Muller said.
“When you get into a really bad space, it’s really hard to see or focus on anything outside of that. You lose total perspective. So ... we want to make people aware of what they should be looking for.”
Resident Kath Ryan also shared her story about the impact of suicide on her family.