Partnership with other local services and organisations in a community event to provide education and awareness of suicide prevention

Tue Mar 22, 2016

RichmondPRA‘s Parkes office recently was is involved in a partnership with other local services and organisations in a community event to provide education and awareness of suicide prevention.

The event went off beautifully in Parkes on 22nd March and was attended by approximately 70 people from across the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan shires.

Speakers at the event were 

  • Dan Hunt – Ambassador for NRL ‘State of mind’ program
  • Bill Morakis – Beyond blue ambassador
  • Diane Gillett – lived experience of losing a loved on to suicide

Both men spoke of their personal experiences with mental health issues and the impacts (positive and negative) of their respective carers.

Diane gave a heartfelt talk of losing her husband to suicide, the impact it had on her, her children and extended family and friends.  Diane’s talk was close to home for a lot of people in attendance, as her husband was employed at mine site local to Parkes at the time of his passing.

The feedback from community was very positive.  All the speakers were very engaging, open and honest about their personal experiences. This had a positive impact on those who attended, encouraging open conversations about mental health issues and what can be done to support those we love.  The speakers took time to speak one on one with anyone who wished to, increasing the positive impact of the evening.

This event was fully supported by the local communities with donations being provided for the event to run free of charge.  Support continues with the local papers providing write-ups regarding the success and support of the event.