Pos­i­tive steps for sui­cide preven­tion

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EAR­LIER this week there was an en­cour­ag­ing devel­op­ment for those af­fected by sui­cide.

Brand MP Madeleine King held a dis­cus­sion on Oc­to­ber 9 about sui­cide preven­tion in preparation for the long over­due and much wel­comed sui­cide trial site for those in the Perth South re­gion.

Men­tal Health ser­vice providers at­tended the round­table dis­cus­sion along with Shadow As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Men­tal Health Se­na­tor Deb­o­rah O’Neill.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Perth South’s men­tal health sec­tor gave their per­spec­tives on sui­cide preven­tion pol­icy.

“We ac­knowl­edge the im­por­tant work they do and are con­tin­u­ously in­spired by their ef­forts to ad­dress sui­cide preven­tion,” Ms King said.

“In West­ern Aus­tralia, there were 371 deaths by sui­cide in 2016.

“Sadly, Aboriginal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander peo­ples are ap­prox­i­mately twice as likely to die by sui­cide than non-in­dige­nous Aus­tralians.

“It is ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing that Perth South has been iden­ti­fied as a sui­cide preven­tion trial site, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the preven­tion of sui­cide among young peo­ple.”

In 2016, sui­cide ac­counted for over one-third of deaths of young peo­ple in West­ern Aus­tralia.

Ms King said La­bor is also pleased the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment adopted their 2016 elec­tion com­mit­ment to roll out a to­tal of 12 sui­cide preven­tion trial sites.

For 24/7 cri­sis sup­port and sui­cide preven­tion ser­vices call Life­line on 13 11 14.

Other ser­vices in­clude Sui­cide Call Back Ser­vice: 1300 659 467, Be­yond­blue: 1300 22 4636, Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800, Men­sLine Aus­tralia: 1300 789 978.

Brand MP Madeleine King.

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