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Network making headway

MORE than 60community members interested in being a part ofPort Lincoln’s Suicide Prevention network met at an information session at the Port Lincoln Hotel last Wednesday night.
Nanjing Night Net

At the session, volunteers were encouraged to sign up to help establisha suicide prevention network and develop an action plan for the community.

The Port Lincoln community networkwill be one of a series of networks throughout the stateadministered by SA Health through the Office of the Chief Psychiatristas part of the South Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy.

The crowd heard a presentation by theBlack Dog Institute onthe diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders as well as information about other Suicide Prevention Networks in the state.

Office of the Chief Psychiatrist suicide prevention principal project officerLynne James said in her presentation that the network would be about educating the wider community and early intervention.

Ms James said building a networkwas about empowering the communityand giving people the confidence to approach others in need.

She said the role of the network would be to educatethe community and to learn how to have life-saving conversations with people who needed it.

“There could be members of the community who just need that initial conversation, for someone to listen and explain to them the resources that are available to get help,” Ms James said.

“We want to break down the stigmaand start having positive conversations around suicide,’”she said.

Ms James said lots of what the Port Lincoln City Council did was an example of suicide prevention already in action in the local area.

“Things like aged care, community events and even parks are all suicide prevention in action,” she said.

The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist will play an active role in the community driven network in its first year to facilitate meetings and an action planning day, the date of which was yet to be set.

NETWORK: Port Lincoln City Council mayor Bruce Green, Jackie Hibble from West Coast Youth Community Services, Lynne James SA Health, Jane Cooper Country SA PHN, Chez Curnow Country SA PHN, Martin Breuker Country Health SA.

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