Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    $560,000 for suicide prevention training grants

    11/07/2016 10:00 AM
    • Focus on training for Aboriginal organisations
    • Improving suicide prevention skills in regional areas

    The Liberal National Government has announced a total of $560,832 in grants to enable community organisations throughout Western Australia to conduct suicide prevention training.


    Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the funding would target high-risk groups such as Aboriginal communities, people in regional areas, LGBTI populations, young people and culturally and linguistically diverse populations.


    "This funding will make a significant contribution to strengthening the capacity of communities to help reduce the incidence of suicide, especially among groups that are particularly vulnerable," she said.


    "These grants include $296,521 for Aboriginal communities and service providers to train people to support family, friends and community members to recognise and help people who may be experiencing a mental health emergency or are having suicidal thoughts.


    "The remaining $264,311 has been awarded for suicide prevention training for other high-risk groups."


    Suicide prevention is a priority for the community and 30 applications have received funding under the grants round.  This will enable vital training such as Mental Health First Aid, Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK, Opening Closets and ASIST, to be conducted.


    Fact File

    • A full list of projects to be funded is available at http://www.mentalhealth.wa.gov.au
    • On average in WA, one person loses their life to suicide each day
    • The 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

    Minister's office - 6552 5400



    Suicide Prevention Grants 2016

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stream

    Organisation NameRegionProject DescriptionGrant Agreement Value
    Bega Garnbirringu Health ServiceGoldfieldsCommunity members and high-risk populations as well as service providers, carers and local agency staff will receive training in ASIST and SafeTALK$40,000
    Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS)KimberleyStaff employed by BRAMS will receive Opening Closets and ASIST training$11,940
    Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation - Application 1KimberleyLocal indigenous men and women will receive SafeTALK$20,000
    Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation - Application 2KimberleyAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members will become accredited to deliver ASIST. SafeTALK will be provided to indigenous community members and support workers$35,360
    Mental Health Carers Arafmi (Helping Minds)KimberleyRemote Aboriginal community members will receive AMHFA training$12,490
    Save the Children AustraliaKimberleyIndividuals working with Aboriginal children and young people will receive SafeTALK and Youth MHFA training$17,792
    City of StirlingMetropolitanAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and service providers will receive MHFA, AMHFA and ASIST$20,000
    Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc. - Application 1MetropolitanDerbarl Yerrigan staff members will receive Gatekeeper training$12,630
    Muggin Aboriginal CorporationMetropolitanAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members will receive ASIST$19,430
    Mission Australia - Application 1Mid-WestMission Australia staff will be accredited to deliver AMHFA. High-risk populations will receive AMHFA$16,372
    Mawarnkarra Health ServicePilbaraAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members will receive ASIST and SafeTALK$20,000
    Mission Australia - Application 2PilbaraHigh-risk populations will receive AMHFA training. Mission Australia staff will be accredited to deliver AMHFA$16,372
    Kaata-Koorliny Employment and Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation (KEEDAC) - Application 1WheatbeltAMHFA workshops will be provided in the towns of Brookton, Corrigin, Pingelly, Wagin and Narrogin$19,715
    KEEDAC - Application 2WheatbeltNarrogin community members will receive training in AMHFA$14,420
    MercyCareWheatbeltAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members at risk of suicide will receive AMHFA$20,000

    Non-Aboriginal stream

    Organisation NameRegionProject DescriptionGrant Agreement Value
    ConnectGroups Support Groups Association WA Inc.MetropolitanMHFA will be provided to members of ConnectGroups' self help and support groups$16,730
    Forgotten Australians Coming Together - Tuart PlaceMetropolitanMHFA, AMHFA and SafeTALK will be provided to the community at Tuart Place$6,990
    Living Proud Inc. - Application 1MetropolitanMembers of the LGBTI community will receive ASIST$16,740
    Living Proud Inc. - Application 2MetropolitanOpening Closets training will be provided to staff and volunteers in the Perth Metropolitan area who are currently or likely to support LGBTI clients$7,848
    Anglicare WAMetropolitan
    Populations in contact with Anglicare WA will receive ASIST training$20,000
    Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS)Metropolitan
    Great Southern
    Two ASeTTS staff will become accredited to deliver ASIST$20,000
    Mental Illness Fellowship of WA(MIFWA) Inc.Metropolitan
    Adults, families and carers who have experience of mental illness, AOD issues and trauma will receive MHFA, ASIST and Suicide to Hope training$19,159
    Yaandina Family CentrePilbaraYouth MHFA will be delivered to service providers working with young people. Teen MHFA will be provided to students in Years 10 to 12$16,800
    Enable Southwest Inc.South-WestCommunity members will receive MHFA training. Enable South-West staff will also receive training to deliver MHFA$17,552
    GP down south - Application 1South-WestStress, Anxiety and Coping Strategies training will be delivered to Year 11 school students$19,950
    GP down south - Application 2South-WestParents, carers and family members who have or are at risk of developing a mental illness will receive MHFA$19,017
    Avivo (formerly Perth Home Care Services)WheatbeltMHFA, AMHFA and Snapshots Training will be provided to high-risk groups$19,900
    CY O'Connor Institute (Central Regional TAFE)WheatbeltCommunity leaders will receive MHFA $20,000
    Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMS)KimberleyKAMS staff will be accredited to deliver ASIST$27,625
    Hope Community ServicesGoldfieldsHope Community Services staff will be accredited to deliver ASIST$16,000


    ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

    MHFA - Mental Health First Aid

    AMHFA - Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid

    Youth MHFA - Youth Mental Health First Aid


    Facebook image Twitter image