Lifeline and Rockingham Partner to Tackle Suicide

Rockingham PCYC is proud to be partnering with Lifeline WA to bring a series of workshops delivered by Lifeline WA which will work with young people and their community, to develop the skills and knowledge to talk about suicide.

Lifeline WA is reaching out to local communities which have been affected by high rates of suicide, with Rockingham identified as a vulnerable community because of the cluster of suicides of young people in recent years.

Following a successful information night at the PCYC Rockingham on August 2, Lifeline WA is running a series of talks and workshops, which are open to anyone in the community who would like to know more about preventing suicide.

Lifeline WA CEO Lorna MacGregor said suicide was the leading cause of death for West Australians aged between 15 and 44, so it was crucial for people to be aware of the warning signs.

“In 2015, 59 young people aged between 5 and 17 died by suicide in Western Australia,” she said.

“It is absolutely tragic that young people can see no other option to ending their pain other than taking their own lives.

“Suicide is preventable, and we need to give parents, young people and community members the tools to enable them to start conversations that could ultimately save a life.”

Rockingham Centre Manager, Justin Sambell commented that he was proud to be partnering with Lifeline WA for this important initiative.

“When I received the information from Lifeline WA about the Suicide Safer Schools program and the need for a town hall and community forum, I immediately jumped at the chance to reach out and offer Lifeline WA our venue and partner with them in hosting the event and ongoing training facilities.”

“Helping youth at risk with a multitude of issues is what PCYC is all about so the issue surrounding youth suicide and it’s something we feel strongly about and definitely need and want to be a part of.”

“Lifeline WA is an amazing organisation and we look forward to doing what we can to help them and our community in increasing the network of resources to help prevent the incidence of youth suicide.”

Lifeline WA will offer three types of workshops; the 90 minute suicideTALK, half day safeTALK and two day ASIST workshop.

Topics covered in the workshops will include reducing stigmas associated with suicide, recognising signs of suicidal thoughts, how to start conversations with young people about suicide and what services are available to prevent suicide.

The workshop series will be delivered on September 15, 22, 23 and 27 at PCYC Rockingham. For more information, please contact: StevieLane@lifelinewa.org.au.

To support Rockingham PCYC or to find out more about their programs and activities, please contact Centre Manager Justin Sambell on (08) 9592 1232 or email rockinghampcyc@wapcyc.com.au.

Lifeline’s 24/7 telephone crisis support service is available on 13 11 14.

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