Free suicide prevention information sessions for the community and City of Melville staff were conducted by Lifeline WA to assist people in understanding more about suicide, suicidal ideation and how to help or support someone who may be thinking about suicide.
The series was well received by all, with the community session booking out within 48 hours of promotion and minimal vacancies remaining in the three staff sessions.
An enquiry made by a customer seeking assistance from the City of Melville was the catalyst for the City to conduct suicide prevention information sessions for staff and the wider community. During a conversation with a customer, the City of Melville customer service officer taking the call had concerns and was able to connect the person to appropriate support services.
Whilst this conversation had a positive outcome, suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44 and the most recent data reports that 371 Western Australian died by suicide in 2016. This equates to more than one Western Australian life lost to suicide every day.*
Lifeline Australia believes in a whole of community approach to preventing suicide and that, with the correct information and guidance, everyone can play a role in saving a person’s life.
‘Reducing stigma and increasing suicide awareness encourages people to access the care and support they need,’ said Mayor Aubrey.
‘By making these important sessions available, we are helping the community feel more equipped to prevent suicide.
Lifeline WA CEO, Lorna MacGregor commended the City of Melville for the suicide prevention initiative. “Suicide is preventable. By raising community awareness about what can be done to keep people safe during a period of crisis, lives will be saved.”
It is intended to run an additional session on World Mental Health Day on 10 October, this year after receiving positive participant survey feedback including, “We need more of these information sessions,” and “one of the best sessions I have attended… Thanks Lifeline WA and the City of Melville."
*Statistics available from the Lifeline WA website www.lifeline.org.au/