$145,000 grants to organisations for suicide prevention training in the Kimberley
Focus on helping Aboriginal communities deal with mental health emergencies
The Liberal National Government today awarded $145,000 to organisations in the Kimberley to conduct suicide prevention training.
Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the grants would specifically target at-risk groups, with $93,000 allocated to train Aboriginal people to strengthen their communities and help reduce the incidence of suicide.
"These grants will fund intensive training courses that will give participants an understanding of mental illness, an insight into the thinking of sufferers and knowledge on how to provide immediate help," Ms Mitchell said.
"It is important to train people to support family, friends and community members who are experiencing a mental health crisis or are having suicidal thoughts.
"These courses aim to teach participants to identify when someone needs help and to know what to do immediately to keep that person safe."
Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service will receive $11,940 to deliver Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training to workers and caregivers, and Opening Closets training to members of the LGBTI community.
The grants are part of the State Government's $25.9 million suicide prevention strategy, Suicide Prevention 2020: Together we can save lives, which aims to halve the number of suicides over 10 years.
The Minister said further grants for suicide prevention training across Western Australia were being finalised and would be announced shortly.
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Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service is part of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council and delivers services to communities at Broome, Bidyadanga and Beagle Bay
Minister's office - 6552 5400