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R U OK Day and World Suicide Prevention Day

Date10 September 2021

The City of Rockingham, through its Community Support Services team, plays an important role in providing support and referral advice to vulnerable people in the community. In 2021 the City has once again proudly supported the efforts of R U OK Day and World Suicide Prevention Day, which are held on Thursday 9 September and Friday 10 September respectively. 

Both initiatives are held annually across Australia and focus on raising awareness of mental health issues. 

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Guided by the Community Support Services Strategy, the City has an ongoing commitment to suicide prevention. This includes: 

  • Being an active member of the Peel, Rockingham and Kwinana suicide prevention community response group. 
  • Providing community suicide prevention and mental health workshops, activities and promotion of Mentally Healthy WA’s Act-Belong-Commit message. 
  • Highlighting local organisations working in the area of suicide prevention. 
  • Offering direct support to young people through the Rockingham Youth Centre.  

In line with these commitments the City will host a number of suicide prevention initiatives in the coming weeks and months. 

On Tuesday 14 September the suicide to Hope workshop will be held at the Baldivis South Community Centre. Presented by LivingWorks Australia, this session is designed for people in a professional or volunteer helper role working with people previously at risk of and currently safe from suicide.

Following this, the City will host a two day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) event at the Gary Holland Community Centre on 10 and 11 November 2021. ASIST is a free suicide identification and prevention training program open to anyone looking to develop skills that can assist people who may be at risk.    

“Suicide is a significant worldwide issue with lasting impacts within a community, and it’s important for the City to acknowledge both R U OK Day and World Suicide Prevention Day,” City of Rockingham Mayor Sammels said. 

It is crucial for community members to know that despite how they may be feeling, there is always someone to talk to that can provide assistance. 

“The up and coming workshops to be hosted by the City will offer important tools that can provide assistance to people experiencing mental health issues, and we encourage anyone that is interested in learning more to register.”    

For more information or register for these events contact 9528 0333, email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au or visit Community Support.

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