- $188,000 worth of grants for local government, not-for-profit organisations and community groups
- The grants will help higher-risk populations increase their capacity to prevent and respond to suicide in their communities
The State Government has allocated more than $188,000 worth of training grants to 12 community organisations to help build resilience and prevent suicide in local communities.
Organisations have been provided funding through the State Government's Suicide Prevention Grants to deliver evidence-based suicide prevention training with a focus on the priority populations identified in the State-wide suicide prevention strategy, Suicide Prevention 2020.
On average, around one person each day loses their life to suicide in Western Australia. Providing grants for training strengthens the capacity of the community to help reduce the incidence of suicide, especially among groups that are particularly vulnerable, and support people with suicidal ideation or behaviour.
The training will be delivered across Western Australia by local governments, not-for-profit organisations and community groups who were invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000.
The training will help participants acquire the skills and knowledge to help prevent and recognise suicidal behaviour and mental health issues, while building resilience and support within their community.
Mental Health Minister Roger Cook today visited mentors from The Wirrpanda Foundation who deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid Training and are recipients of a $17,550 grant from the State Government. The foundation assists the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community across metropolitan Perth, as well as in the Pilbara, Kimberley, Great Southern, Goldfields, Mid-West and Wheatbelt regions.
For immediate support, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling, or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14. For information on mental health and wellbeing, visit http://www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au
Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Tragically, too many people in Western Australia are affected by suicide each year. It is devastating to individuals, families, workplaces and communities.
"The McGowan Government will continue to play its part in addressing this issue, and helping communities throughout Western Australia build their resilience and learn new skills to support themselves and other people in their community.
"We are putting this funding towards where it is most needed, focusing on priority groups within our communities. Together, we must ensure that Western Australians' mental health and wellbeing is a priority across the State."
Minister's office - 6552 6500
Abbreviations for the table below:
ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
MHFA - Mental Health First Aid
YMHFA - Youth Mental Health First Aid
OCMH - Opening Closets Mental Health
SSSY- Staying Safe with Solid Yarning
CL - Conversations for Life
|Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors Inc.||To deliver ASIST to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds in the metropolitan region.|
|City of Cockburn||To deliver safeTALK training to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people; people from CaLD backgrounds; men across the lifespan; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex (LGBTI) people in the metropolitan region. |
|City of Stirling||To deliver ASIST and safeTALK training to people from CaLD backgrounds in the metropolitan region.|
|Fairbridge Western Australia||To deliver ASIST and YMHFA training to people who have been bereaved by suicide in the South-West region.|
|Lake Grace Community Resource Centre||To deliver safeTALK, ASIST and Gatekeeper training to people living in rural and remote areas in the Wheatbelt region.|
|Living Proud Inc. (Application 1)||To deliver OCMH training to LGBTI people in the metropolitan region.|
|Living Proud Inc. (Application 2)||To deliver ASIST to LGBTI people in the metropolitan region.|
|Shire of Pingelly||To deliver MHFA, SSSY and CL training to people living in rural and remote areas in the Wheatbelt region.|
|Shire of Victoria Plains||To deliver ASIST to first responders and people living in rural and remote areas in the Wheatbelt region.|
|Shire of Waroona||To deliver ASIST and safeTALK training to first responders in the metropolitan region.|
|South West Autism Network Inc.||To deliver YMHFA training to people living in rural and remote areas in the South-West region.|
|The Wirrpanda Foundation Ltd.||To deliver YMHFA training to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people in the metropolitan region for participants who live in the Perth, Pilbara, Kimberley, Great Southern, Goldfields/Mid-West and Wheatbelt regions. |
|TransFolk of WA (auspiced by Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays Perth Inc.)||To deliver ASIST to LGBTI people in the metropolitan region.|