Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Suicide prevention projects for the Wheatbelt

    23/04/2015 12:00 AM
    • $40,000 in grants across the Wheatbelt for local mental health programs
    • Projects to build resilience to mental health issues

    Six organisations will deliver suicide prevention projects to at-risk groups in the Wheatbelt in the latest round of funding announced by Mental Health Minister Helen Morton.


    The organisations are among 30 communities throughout Western Australia to receive $40,000 in State Government funding for suicide prevention initiatives in the latest One Life WA Suicide Prevention Small Grants.


    "The shires of Kulin and Dowerin and the York Community Resource Centre are among grant recipients which will host events to promote mental wellbeing," Mrs Morton said. 


    Grant recipient "˜Wheatbelt GP Network' will deliver suicide prevention training workshops to students in high schools throughout the region.


    The Minister said the workshops would teach young people coping mechanisms to strengthen their resilience to mental health issues.


    "Providing mental health training and education in schools will help develop protective factors to encourage young people to stay mentally healthy," she said.


    Another project, titled "˜Reason to Live', had been funded for Aboriginal community members in isolated areas of the Wheatbelt.


    "Reason to Live has been developed in response to interest shown by Aboriginal community members in educational programs about mental health," Mrs Morton said.


    "Using education and art, Reason to Live will build the capacity of people who have been affected by suicide in the past to respond to the risks and signs of suicide."


    The latest round of funding brings the total investment by the State Government in suicide prevention small grants to more than $800,000 since July 2014.


    For a full list of projects funded, visit http://www.onelifewa.com.au


            Fact File

    • One Life provides grants and training to help communities and workplaces use best-practice suicide prevention measures
    • Small grants of up to $10,000 are made available periodically to community organisations, local drug action groups, and local government authorities to strengthen community initiatives and build resilience
    • Funding is also made available to provide suicide prevention training

    Minister's office - 6552 6900