Sunday, 29 January 2017
Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the $644,000 expansion would help more people from one of the most at-risk groups in Western Australia manage their mental health.
"People are most vulnerable in the three months immediately following a suicide attempt, and this is when it is most important to give them support," Ms Mitchell said.
"This service reduces the likelihood of self-harm and suicide by providing a safety net of health and community follow-up for each person."
ALIVE provides a comprehensive, safe and non-judgemental support program through which clients are provided with a free counselling service.
The additional funding will enable new services to begin in Armadale, Fremantle and Rockingham early this year and the Joondalup service to be expanded to five days a week.
The Minister said having a supportive community and network was also critically important to people struggling with suicidal thoughts.
"Friends and family can help people at risk of suicide by asking about their thoughts, listening and encouraging them to get appropriate help," she said.
Referrals to the ALIVE program are accepted from people self-referring, or from family members, GPs, hospitals and other health professionals.
The evaluation of the ALIVE service has demonstrated a successful reduction in levels of distress and suicidal thoughts among this vulnerable population group.
The project allows greater continuity of care, decreasing the likelihood of future hospitalisation and linking individuals with the most appropriate ongoing support. It also enables clients to learn techniques to successfully manage their mental health beyond the life of the intervention.
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