CHANG­ING LIVES

SUI­CIDE SUPPORT GROUP

Southern Telegraph - - News - Life­line’s 24/7 support ser­vice is avail­able on 13 11 14.

Peo­ple are be­ing en­cour­aged to talk about sui­cide and re­duce the stigma associated with it by at­tend­ing a se­ries of work­shops in Rock­ing­ham this month.

Reach­ing out to com­mu­ni­ties that have been af­fected by high rates of sui­cide, Life­line WA is run­ning a se­ries of talks and work­shops about sui­cide preven­tion at the Rock­ing­ham PCYC start­ing next week.

Top­ics cov­ered in the work­shops will in­clude re­duc­ing the stigma associated with sui­cide, recog­nis­ing signs of sui­ci­dal thoughts, how to start con­ver­sa­tions with young peo­ple about sui­cide, as well as avail­able ser­vices.

Life­line WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Lorna MacGre­gor said sui­cide was the lead­ing cause of death for West Aus­tralians aged 15 to 44.

“Sui­cide is pre­ventable and we need to give par­ents, young peo­ple and com­mu­nity mem­bers the tools to en­able them to start con­ver­sa­tions that could ul­ti­mately save a life,” she said.

The 90-minute sui­cideTALK, half-day safeTALK, and two-day AS­SIST work­shops will run on Septem­ber 15, 22, 23 and 27 at the Rock­ing­ham PCYC.

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