World Refugee Day – 20 June 2013
Thursday is World Refugee Day, a time to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.
Sorry Day 2013
Sorry Day provides us all with an opportunity to once again open our hearts and mind to a greater understanding. This understanding does not only relate to the hurtful...
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The strategy aims to transform attitudes regarding suicide and suicidal behaviour and represents a guide for policies and services to better meet the needs of people at risk. The Strategy also charts a longer term vision to promote individual mental health and wellbeing and the need to enhance community capacity in approaches to suicide prevention. As part of the aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Western Australians, the State Government has launched the Strategy to address the unacceptable high suicide rate in Western Australia.
Each year in Western Australia, over 200 people complete suicide and an even greater number harm themselves in suicide attempts.The public funds associated with the Strategy are the responsibility of the Mental Health Commission. The Commissioner is accountable through the Minister for Mental Health to Parliament for those funds. The Mental Health Commissioner is a member of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention.The Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention leads the Strategy and oversee initiatives to improve strength and resilience, expand community knowledge of suicide, and support capacity building in communities at increased risk.
The Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention makes recommendations to the Minister for Mental Health on matters related to suicide.Centrecare, as the appointed non government organisation actively attracts support across sectors and works with individual communities, government, non government and corporate agencies across Western Australia to facilitate a coordinated agency and local response to communities experiencing early signs of a suicide crisis. Centrecare implements initiatives to increase awareness, coordinate training, research and evaluation of suicide prevention strategies across the State of Western Australia.
Centrecare employs a Network Coordinator to engage communities and outline how they can implement the Strategy. An Agency Coordinator is also employed to engage government, non government and corporate agencies to establish organisation wide suicide prevention strategies.Local Community Coordinators are engaged to support local communities in mapping existing suicide prevention activities and determine the need for future initiatives that will be documented in Community Action Plans.
Recommendations by Centrecare for Community Action Plans will be approved by the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention.Edith Cowan University have entered into a partnership arrangement with Centrecare and will conduct the research and evaluation components of the Strategy as an independent entity. For more information visit the One Life website