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In Australia, double the number of people die from suicide that from road fatalities but support services receive less than half the funding. Photo Shutterstock
Northern NSW has had the highest rate of suicide in the state three times over the past 10 years. Photo Shutterstock

With the theme ‘Let’s work together to prevent suicide’, there will be two workshops held this week on the far north coast about the prevention of suicide.

The National Mental Health Commission has given North Coast Primary Health Network the responsibility to help local communities design solutions to improve mental health, understanding that all communities have different strengths and different needs.

Sadly Northern NSW has had the highest rate of suicide in the state three times over the past 10 years. In 2013, 70% more people died by suicide in Northern NSW than the state average.

This workshop will identify what we can do together in and around the far north coast community to reduce the suicide rate.

The workshop will be based on evidence from the Black Dog Institute about what works to prevent suicide in local communities.

This workshop is open to everyone – community members, carers, doctors, mental health professionals, NGOs, hospital staff, emergency services and anyone interested in this important health issue.

The worships will be held on Wednesday December 7, from 5.30 to 8pm (supper provided), at the Pacific Room, Ocean Shores Country Club, Orana Road, Ocean Shores, and on Thursday December 8, from 5pm to 7.30 pm (supper provided) at the Lismore City Hall Theatre, Bounty St, Lismore.

Organisers ask that you RSVP to: [email protected] or phone 02 6627 3300.

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