Townsville Bulletin

Service to help prevent suicides

- TRUDY BROWN

THIS World Suicide Prevention Day local mental wellbeing not-for-profit organisati­on Selectabil­ity, is inviting the Charters Towers community to meet the team and learn about its many programs and services that contribute to suicide prevention.

Suicide rates in regional Queensland are 1.5 times higher than the national average and the impacts are far-reaching.

Selectabil­ity regions general manager Ryan Wiggins said communitie­s played a crucial role in suicide prevention and he encouraged locals to visit the Mental Health Hub to connect and learn about resources to help improve mental wellbeing.

“Suicide is a complex issue that affects many regional Queensland­ers,” Mr Wiggins said.

“There are many protective factors that can build resilience and contribute to suicide prevention.”

He said programs and services at Selectabil­ity are designed to reduce isolation, create social and community connection­s and help individual­s develop a sense of purpose.

“While we are inviting the Charters Towers community to join the team for lunch, informatio­n sessions and activities this World Suicide Prevention Day, it is important to note that the doors of our Mental Health Hub are always open,” Mr Wiggins said.

“If anyone is in need of support, please call the hub or drop in to see the team. You don’t need an appointmen­t and we can help connect you to the services you need.”

The community event will be held on Friday, September 10, between 11am and 1pm at the Selectabil­ity Mental Health Hub, 37 Ryan St. Lunch will be provided and all are welcome to join in one of the group activities.

For more informatio­n about Selectabil­ity’s programs and services visit https://www.selectabil­ity. com. au/ chartersto­wers/.

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