Card part of suicide awareness

A NEW resource to help prevent suicide in Sunraysia and the Mallee area will be launched at this year’s Mildura Field Days.

The wallet-sized information card has been developed as part of the Mildura Suicide Prevention Trial and in direct ­response to community need.

Co-ordinator of the Mildura Suicide Prevention Trial, Murray Primary Health Network’s Merryl Whyte, said people often felt confused about what to do and where to go to get help when a friend or family member was struggling.

“This resource aims to assist people to have discussions with those they are concerned about,” Ms Whyte said.

“It includes local and national help information, prevention and support ­details.

“Suicide can often be prevented by recognising warning signs and by asking someone the question. People need to know that they don’t need to be a health professional to check in with someone they are worried about.

“They also need to know that asking someone if they’re thinking about suicide won’t actually put ideas in their head.

“We hope that this card, which people can keep handy in their wallet, will make people in our region feel more confident in talking about suicide – and in knowing what to say and where to find help when the need arises.”

The new Sunraysia Mallee suicide prevention resource card will be available today and tomorrow at Mildura Field Days and in prominent locations across the region such as cafes, libraries and shops.

Anyone requiring crisis support can call Lifeline’s 24-hour number, 131 114, or beyondblue, 1300 224 636.

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