A community consultation will be held in Taree on Friday, June 1 as part of a State-wide framework to reduce the rate of suicide in NSW.
Key organisations have begun to work with the NSW Government on the development of the Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention, a project to help communities such as the Manning Great Lakes face mental health challenges unique to the area.
The consultation will be held to coincide with the project.
Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead highlighted the importance of the event.
“Suicide prevention is everybody’s business and the NSW Government wants to make sure that no matter who you are or where you live, that you’re getting the right help at the right time,” Mr Bromhead said.
“Our community is invited to take part in a special consultation forum in Taree and I would encourage anyone touched by suicide to come along.”
For more information about the forum and to register your interest to attend, contact Nicole on 6555 4099.
NSW mental health commissioner Catherine Lourey said the State-wide project focused on consultations with individuals, communities and mental health stakeholders.
“We are particularly reaching out to those who have survived a suicide attempt or who have experienced the suicide or attempted suicide of a loved one,” Ms Lourey said.
An online public survey developed by the commission is also available to the public and will form a vital part of this work.
Advice is being sort from organisations such as Lifeline, NSW Ambulance, NSW Police, Black Dog Institute, beyondblue, NSW Farmers Association, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council, ACON, Primary Health Networks and the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.
For mental health services across the Mid Coast area, contact NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.
Lifeline: 13 11 14.
MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78.
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800.
Or go to https://kidshelpline.com.au/.
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