The University of Newcastle, Australia

Regional suicide prevention forum

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) teamed up with Collective Purpose Partners, WayAhead NSW Mental Health Carers and Being and Wellbeing Consumer Advisory Group to host a regional suicide prevention forum in Orange as part of the Collective Speaker Series.

WayAhead CEO Elizabeth Priestley said it was important to hear the local community’s thoughts about creating effective local suicide prevention strategies.

“We are happy to provide as much support to the facilitation of these vital community led discussions as we can,” she said.

Director of the CRRMH, Professor Perkins talked about the five focus areas for action as outlined in the Centre’s Position Paper on Rural Suicide Prevention.

Sharon Cope and Rachel French from Orange Public School spoke about the program Kids Matter and how they support the mental health of young people. Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) Coordinator Di Gill spoke about the importance of community connections when times get tough.

Key guests included: Member for Calare, Andrew Gee MP, Member for Orange, Phil Donato, Mayor of Orange, Cr Reg Kidd, Director Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services, Western NSW Local Health District, Jason Crisp and Deputy Principal, Anson Street School, Jodie Pritchard.

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