​Working to prevent suicide in Whittlesea

10 November, 2017

Whittlesea has one of the highest suicide rates in Victoria. Leaders and influencers, emergency responders, sporting clubs, and consumers and carers will gather in Whittlesea this month to identify and develop local suicide prevention initiatives.

Eastern Melbourne PHN (EMPHN) launched the Whittlesea Place-Based Suicide Prevention Trial on 13 November, one of 12 Place-Based Suicide Prevention Trials in the state.

The inaugural workshop will consult with communities on delivery of the initiative to be delivered by Eastern Melbourne PHN, one of 12 being delivered in partnership between the Andrews Labor Government and PHNs, to help bring the Whittlesea community together to prevent suicide in the region.

Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley, said the Victorian Government is continuing work to reduce the stigma around suicide and give people and their families the support they need.

“We are working hard to halve Victoria’s suicide rate by 2025. We are investing in a range of initiatives to prevent suicide including the trials in communities like Whittlesea which are looking at local solutions,” he said.

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green MP, said the loss from suicide is a tragedy and has a lasting impact on individuals, families, communities and the nation.

“The Place-Based Suicide Prevention Trial aims to gather people together to contribute to the conversation and develop a local approach to suicide prevention for the Whittlesea community,” she said.

“Suicide has a devastating impact on the community and the Place-Based Suicide Prevention Trials aim to enhance the community’s and system’s response with the goal of saving lives.”

EMPHN CEO, Robin Whyte, said suicide is a leading cause of death of young Australians aged 15-24¹.

“There are around eight deaths by suicide across the population each day in Australia, with deaths in males three times greater than females, and the suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is more than double the national rate²,” she said.

“We encourage the community and people with lived experience to contribute to the conversation through a series of workshops planned for November and help develop a regional approach to suicide prevention and action to inform a Suicide Prevention Action Plan.”

Workshop details:

Inaugural workshop – for leaders and influencers from community groups, associations, sporting clubs, government, non-government, business, health, education, hospital, emergency responders, researchers, industry stakeholders, and consumers and carers to collectively identify the needs and actions required for the region in relation to suicide prevention. 

Monday 13 November, 9.30am-3pm 

Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre, 35 Ferres Blvd, South Morang


Workshop 1: Community - for people from community groups, associations, sporting clubs, business, health, education, consumers and carers, and people with lived experience. 

Wednesday 22 November, 6-8.30pm

Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre, 35 Ferres Blvd, South Morang


Workshop 2: Lived Experience - specifically for people who have "experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone who has been suicidal, or been bereaved by suicide" (rosesintheocean.com.au). We want to hear about the type of support received, what worked well and what could have been done differently. This will also be an opportunity to get involved in an ongoing way in the Action Plan.

Tuesday 28 November, 6-8.30pm 

Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre, 35 Ferres Blvd, South Morang


Registrations and enquiries:

www.emphn.org.au/suicide_prevention

9043 0300


¹ https://www.youthbeyondblue.co... 
² https://www.lifeline.org.au/ab...