Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    Grants promote support for suicide prevention

    19/10/2016 6:00 AM
    • $200,000 for new round of suicide prevention grants
    • Grants for community-based initiatives promoting peer support and mentoring
    • Includes Aboriginal led programs that encourage cultural healing, and programs supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community 

    The Liberal National Government today announced $200,000 for a new round of suicide prevention grants to promote community-based initiatives.


    Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell encouraged organisations from across Western Australia to apply for grants of up to $20,000 each, for programs aimed at increasing protective factors and reducing self-harm and suicide risks.


    "These grants are intended to strengthen local support networks, help people develop coping strategies and encourage help-seeking behaviours by connecting people with available services," Ms Mitchell said.


    "This unique program builds on previous funding that has focused on suicide prevention training to up-skill communities to increase competence in identifying and supporting people with suicidal ideation or suicidal behaviour."


    The Minister said the grants would have a focus on Aboriginal-led programs that brought people together in a supportive environment to build personal resilience and enhance social and emotional wellbeing.


    "We are also looking for initiatives that include Aboriginal elder mentoring, youth leadership programs and back-to-country activities that encourage cultural healing," she said.


    "Organisations promoting the wellbeing of people in the LGBTI community are also encouraged to apply."


    Applications for grants close at 5pm, November 14, 2016.  For more information and guidelines on how to apply, visit http://www.mhc.wa.gov.au


    Fact File

    • The Liberal National 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 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 people aged 15 to 44 in Australia 

    Minister's office - 6552 5400


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