Community tackling ways to slow the suicide rate

A MEETING next week will discuss a draft plan based on the the importance of mental health and well-being to battle the Clarence Valley's horrific suicide statistics.

The meeting on Monday in the Grafton District Services Club was originally advertised as a suicide prevention workshop, but the meeting convener, the North Coast Primary Health Network, advised it had sent out an old press release in error.

A spokesperson said the local community has come together a number of times this year to identify what we can do together in the Clarence Valley to reduce the suicide rate.

This has culminated in the development of a draft action plan which aims to:

  • Improve access to evidence-based treatment, crisis care and coordinated care after a suicide attempt
  • Improve the capacity of the workforce and the community to respond to people at risk of suicide
  • Increase the availability of evidence-based mental health and wellbeing programs within schools
  • Improve community awareness of mental health and how to access information and services
  • Improve community engagement, early intervention and prevention

This workshop will identify how we can achieve Our Healthy Clarence Plan, and is open to everyone - community members, carers, doctors, mental health professionals, community managed organisations, hospital staff, emergency services and anyone interested in this important health issue.

The Daily Examiner will publish a full story on the plan in tomorrow's edition.

Essential facts

What: Workshop On Wellbeing & Mental Health

When: Monday December 12 from 5pm to 7.30pm (supper provided)

Where: Grafton District Services Club, Mary St, Grafton

RSVP: or phone 6627 3300.

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