Interest sought for suicide prevention network

ADELAIDE Plains Council is gauging the community’s interest in helping to establish a suicide prevention network.

Council, as part of the SA Public Health Plan, is seeking expressions of interest to find out if a prevention group would be supported by its ratepayers.

According to Adelaide Plains Council development and community general manager Rob Veitch, the group would be community-driven and would work in conjunction with existing support organisations.

“We commend local community groups that may already provide such support…however, if there is enough interest in establishing a specific group to provide support to the community in this important area, council will pursue this further,” he said.

Liberal spokesperson for suicide prevention John Dawkins commended Adelaide Plains Council for seeking out interest in developing a prevention group, after seeing the positives they can have.

“I am very pleased that they are looking at this, because the areas where these groups have been developed have (been proven to benefit),” he said.

“One of the great attributes that those groups have is that they give people that have experienced suicide in their family, by a friend, or in their workplace, a place to deal with their mental health issues.”

For more information on suicide prevention networks, visit sahealth.sa.gov.au or the Gawler Suicide Prevention Community Group Facebook page.

To register interest in the potential suicide prevention network, contact council (info@apc.sa.gov.au).

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Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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