Thursday, 8 September 2016
Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said today the new co-ordinators would be based in the Kimberley and Mid-West regions to strengthen community resilience, and improve agency co-ordination in responding to suicide and related mental health issues.
"These new positions bring to five, the number of co-ordinators placed this year including in the Goldfields, South-West and Wheatbelt," Ms Mitchell said.
"The initiative is a vital element of the Liberal National Government's Suicide Prevention 2020 Strategy, which aims to halve the rate of suicides over 10 years.
"These new roles will build the capacity of communities to provide support after a suicide or suicide attempt, as well as to intervene early before a mental health emergency occurs.
"Social stigma remains a barrier preventing people from seeking help in many rural and remote communities, and these new roles will help people access assistance during a crisis and before a crisis occurs."
The co-ordinators will promote suicide prevention training and self-help activities for at-risk groups, as well as training for professionals and those who are first on the scene in responding to suicide.
The WA Country Health Service has been funded for three years to provide the co-ordinators in the Kimberley and Mid-West.