Spread­ing sui­cide pre­ven­tion mes­sage

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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