Council to continue to support a range of suicide prevention initiatives

Black Dog InstituteCentral Coast Council is a Black Dog Institute LifeSpan partner. Image: Black Dog Institute

Central Coast Council has agreed to continue to support a range of suicide prevention initiatives leading into World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day on September 10, 2020.

The Central Coast has one of the highest rates of suicide in comparison to other health districts across NSW, according to a Council report.

The decision to take a proactive approach ensures that Council’s longstanding commitment to working with the community to solve a range of social and health issues that may impact community wellbeing and vulnerable people will continue.

Council is an active member of the Suicide Prevention Central Coast Alliance which leads the Black Dog Institute LifeSpan program, an evidence based approach to integrated suicide prevention.

The Alliance and their partners are currently working on a Central Coast Post Suicide Support Protocol and the Central Coast Suicide Alliance Strategic Plan 2020-2025.

Council will deliver activities on World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day plus a range of programs and activities during Mental Health Awareness Month in October 2020.

Examples of programs planned include Lost Bird Found, health and fitness activities, and mental health art programs and activities.

Source:
Meeting, May 11
Central Coast Council

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