Devonport City, Central Coast, Burnie City Council's Mental Health Week

Tasmania’s Mental Health Week is held from Sunday, 7 October 2018 to Saturday, 13 October 2018, incorporating World Mental Health Day on Wednesday, 10 October 2018. This year’s theme is again ‘Stronger together’. Councils encourage community to connect with those around them, their communities, and services available for mental health support and wellbeing.

Burnie Mayor, Alvwyn Boyd, encourages people to seek help from their GP and other community services for their mental health, and praises local initiatives, such as the Beyondblue Tractor Trek that stopped in Burnie earlier in the year, encouraging conversations about suicide and mental health.

Acting Devonport Mayor, Ald Annette Rockliff hopes that ‘by creating a sense of community togetherness, and knowledge of available mental health services within municipalities, that we will see positive impacts on mental health along the coast and heightened sense of wellbeing’.

Central Coast Mayor, Jan Bonde, agrees, noting ‘the health of any community can be measured by the caring attitude and involvement of its people. Better health outcomes are also reliant on access to supportive services when people need them to ensure their mental health and wellbeing’.

All three councils are participating in a National Suicide Prevention Trial which is supported by funding from the Australian Government through Primary Health Tasmania (Tasmania PHN).

Councils are looking to engage with local communities to raise awareness of suicide prevention and drive increased participation in local mental health and suicide prevention initiatives. Evidence from the Black Dog Institute shows that services and communities working together can lead to a sustainable reduction in suicide deaths and attempts.

This Mental Health Week interested community members can undertake free online Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) training which will provide the opportunity to learn about the warning signs of suicide, common causes of suicidal behaviour, and take steps to help prevent suicide by not only recognising someone who might be at risk, but also persuading and referring someone to seek help.

If you, or someone you know, needs support call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Lifeline provide a confidential telephone crisis support service available 24/7 from a landline, payphone or mobile.

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Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. This is a nationwide service that provides 24/7 telephone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide.

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For further information please contact

Fiona Loughran
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: floughran@burnie.net