Council a lifesaver

SUICIDE prevention sessions have been a huge hit for Melville council, which organised them after a staff member received a call from a distressed resident.

The quick-thinking officer put the caller in touch with support services and things turned out okay, but for many people it doesn’t that end way.

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44, and  371 Western Australians took their own life in 2016, according to Lifeline WA, which organised the sessions in Melville.

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The community sessions were booked out within 48 hours of being advertised, and there are only a few spots left in the staff sessions.

“Reducing stigma and increasing suicide awareness encourages people to access the care and support they need,” said Melville mayor Russell Aubrey.

“By making these important sessions available, we are helping the community feel more equipped to prevent suicide.”

Lifeline WA CEO Lorna MacGregor commended 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.”

The council is planning to hold an additional session on World Mental Health Day (October 10).

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