Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    $2.5 million to build suicide prevention skills

    1/03/2016 6:00 AM
    • $2.5 million over four years to build community suicide prevention capacity
    • $200,000 in first round of grants for suicide prevention training  

    The State Government today announced $200,000 in grants for suicide prevention training programs, including education for high-risk groups.


    Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said the grants were the first round of $2.5 million allocated to build community suicide prevention skills over the next four years.


    "This expenditure backs the State Government's commitment to halve the number of suicides by the end of 2025, as part of the $25.9 million Suicide Prevention 2020: Together we can save lives strategy," Mrs Morton said.


    "Grants of up to $20,000 are available for local government and not-for-profit organisations to undertake evidence-based training focused on mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.


    "A further $2.3 million will be available over the next three years for education and prevention programs that build understanding and capacity to respond to suicide risk factors."


    The Minister said educating service providers and the public about suicide risk factors and how to recognise and support someone who was suicidal was integral to preventing suicide.


    "Quality training programs help people identify when someone is at risk of suicide, how to support them and ensure they get appropriate professional treatment," she said.


    There is a range of evidence-based training programs available, including Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Gatekeeper Training, safeTALK and Opening Closets.


    Some programs are tailored for a range of identified high-risk groups which include young people, Aboriginal people, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.


    Applications for small grants close on March 31, 2016.  For more information visit, http://www.mhc.wa.gov.au


    Fact File

    • The Government's Suicide Prevention 2020: Together we can save lives strategy has been funded with $25.9 million over four years to deliver a comprehensive, evidence-based suicide prevention strategy, aimed at halving the number of suicides in the next 10 years
    • In Western Australia, on average one person loses their life to suicide each day
    • Suicide is the leading cause of death for 15 to 44-year-olds in Australia
    • Death by suicide in WA is double the number of deaths on the roads 

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