SA suicide prevention networks out in force

SA suicide prevention networks out in force

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RAISING AWARENESS: Adelaide Plains Crossroad Connections Suicide Prevention Network treasurer Sharon Svetec and concert organiser Don Bubner.

RAISING AWARENESS: Adelaide Plains Crossroad Connections Suicide Prevention Network treasurer Sharon Svetec and concert organiser Don Bubner.

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A year since its formation, the Premier's Council on Suicide Prevention has asserted itself as a strong presence of mental health support for communities across the state.

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A year since its formation, the Premier's Council on Suicide Prevention has asserted itself as a strong presence of mental health support for communities across the state.

The group is made up of 13 members, led by Liberal MLC John Dawkins.

"We've been very grateful for the involvement of a range of people across SA with a passion for suicide prevention," he said.

So far, the group has established new support networks and has had stands at this year's South East, Riverland and Yorke Peninsula field days, as well as the Karoonda Farm Fair and the Royal Adelaide Show.

Mr Dawkins said work was also being done to give police the opportunity to refer families of those who have lost someone to suicide, to support groups within 48 hours after the loss.

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"You can't make someone accept that help, but in the great majority (of instances), people do," he said.

He said that in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist at SA Health, a mental health services plan for regional communities was due to be released.

He said providing continued support to regions was vital.

"Every statistic is a person who has lost their life - we've got to keep (the support) going," he said.

One such group falling under the overarching council is the Adelaide Plains Crossroad Connections Suicide Prevention Network, which will hold a concert with the Adelaide Plains male voice choir on November 3 at the Two Wells Community Centre.

APCCSPN treasurer Sharon Svetec said while the concert would raise funds for the group, increasing community awareness for the overall network was the main aim.

"Farmers are very staunch, they don't want people to know if they're not coping, it's so important that we reach out to these people," she said.

  • Suicide call back service: 1300 659 467
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14

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