We are pleased to inform you that Holyoake’s Wheatbelt Community Alcohol and Drug Service (WCADS) is introducing an integrated, place-based Suicide Prevention Project throughout the Wheatbelt during 2022. This has been made possible thanks to funding from the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA).
“Empowering individuals and communities is at the heart of this activity. The establishment of community-led initiatives will encourage tailored, sustainable solutions to meet the diverse needs of our Wheatbelt communities” said Melissa Spark, WAPHA Regional Manager, Wheatbelt.
We developed this project based on the Alliance Against Depression model and the ‘Lifespan’ framework for suicide prevention. Our aim is to increase knowledge about mental health and suicide prevention, promote help seeking behaviours, and improve access to primary care and supports.
“Holyoake welcomes this new initiative to build community capacity to support our vulnerable cohorts across the Wheatbelt region. We look forward to the introduction of this much-needed project.” said Lorraine Keane, CEO of Holyoake.
This Suicide Prevention Project will cover an area of approximately 188,000 square kilometres, including 43 local government authorities. It will ensure that individuals and communities have access to information and empower them to access the support they need in a timely manner. We will focus on activities aligned across four key pillars of service delivery:
- Primary Care Suicide prevention training will be provided to GPs, practice nurses, practice managers and pharmacies to encourage help-seeking behaviour in the community.
- Education & Training Free mental health literacy and suicide prevention training will be provided to professionals, paraprofessionals, and community members to increase confidence in being able to identify risk and how to access or refer into support.