Stopping the suicides

05/Mar/2013

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THE City of Swan is seeking input from the community to develop community action plans to prevent suicides.

The City has received funding to consult with its local community and Mayor Charlie Zannino has encouraged people from all areas within the City to have their say.

“Suicide is the main cause of death for Australians under 24 years of age and for Australian men under 44 years,” he said.

“Most suicides are preventable; better mental health care is urgently needed, but equally important is the fostering of community which cares about and can recognise each other’s emotional and mental health state.

“To help address the needs within our community, the City is part of the One Life Western Australia Suicide Prevention Strategy, which aims to change attitudes about suicide and suicidal behaviour, promote mental health and well-being, and enhance community capacity to respond to suicide prevention.”

Mayor Zannino said local residents were encouraged to complete a short online survey at www.surveymonkey.-com/s/onelifecommunity to provide an insight into the community’s experience of suicide and what locals believe is needed to promote mental health and well-being in the community.

“Those with concerns for better community mental health are encouraged to join their local Health and Well-being Community Network, to develop a Community Action Plan for your area.”


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Mrs Helen Sochacki

11/03/2013

As a mother who lost a son to suicide 20 years ago I feel that I have the insights into suicide. I am currently a peer supporter and we offer support to those who have lost a loved one by suicide. I have been involved for the past five years and see many families who are devastated by such a loss. I have always felt that there should be more education available on mental health issues and suicide prevention within the school system and through parent/teacher meetings on such sensitive subjects as self/harm. I have attended many course through Clan W.A. which provide education on a range of topics such as Bullying, Dual Diagnosis and many more relevant subjects. I would like to become involved in this project as I am very passioniate in promoting good mental health and stopping further heartache to families. When I suffered my loss suicide was a taboo subject and I felt very isolated and alone. I feel very strongly that no one needs to be embarassed and help is there for the asking.

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