In Health

Western Australia Minister for Mental Health Graham Jacobs

State Government And Lifeline Announce ‘Suicide TALK’ Forums Across WA

Victor P Taffa

The Liberal-National Government and Lifeline WA are continuing with a campaign to help families learn about what they can do to help prevent people they know who might be at risk of suicide.

Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs today announced the location of a series of ground-breaking forums that would help educate, as well as aid, in breaking down the stigma of suicide in the community.

The State Government, through the Mental Health Commission, has provided funding of up to $40,000 to Lifeline WA’s ‘suicide TALK’ program to hold these forums across Western Australia.

The first ‘suicide TALK’ forum will be at the Harold King Centre, Armadale from 6.15 pm to 8.30 pm on April 28.

Lifeline WA will then hold ‘suicide TALK’ forums at:

  • Herb Graham Centre, Mirrabooka from 6.15 pm to 8.30 pm on April 29;
  • Katanning Library from 6.15 pm to 8.30 pm on May 4 and 10 am to noon on May 5;
  • Toodyay Community Resource Centre from 6.15 pm to 8.30 pm on May 20;
  • Broome, June 1-2. Details to be available on Lifeline website at later date.

Dr. Jacobs said that every day about seven Australians committed suicide and, for every person lost to suicide, there were about 30 others who had made an attempt.

“On average there are 238 deaths by suicide each year in WA – that’s 23 % higher than the deaths caused on our roads.” the Minister said.

“These forums will provide an arena to discuss openly how communities can reduce suicides in WA.”

“It is also an opportunity to ask questions to mental health experts about suicide prevention.” the Minister said.

“I would like to thank Channel 10 and The West Australian for their support of the ‘suicide TALK’ forums.” Dr. Jacobs said.

The Minister said in addition to establishing WA’s first Mental Health Commission, the support for these forums and the Suicide Prevention Strategy showed the Government’s determination to help people in need. For crisis support call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Editor Victor P Taffa has experienced mental illness and it should be noted that Western Australia is the only State or Territory to have a Minister for Mental Health. The efforts being made in the West are a good start and the New South Wales Government could take some initiatives in this area. This issue requires serious Government support and Victor P Taffa will continue to highlight this issue at future elections.


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