World Suicide Prevention Day

Tuesday, 10 September 2019


Pictured: Gatluak, Alison, Layne and Aran speak about suicide prevention

This year, to shine a light on suicide prevention, SEMPHN marked World Suicide Prevention Day by hosting an educational morning for staff.

SEMPHN's Suicide Prevention Lead, Alison, works closely with communities as part of place-based suicide prevention trials taking place in Greater Dandenong, Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. SEMPHN and the Victorian Government are working together in this joint suicide prevention project. 

Guest speakers, Aran, from the Tamil community, and Gatluak, a bi-cultural worker and representative of the South Sudanese community, shared why and how suicide prevention should be approached in their communities, which often have complex needs. 

Guest speaker Layne, from Roses in the Ocean, also spoke to the suicide prevention work SEMPHN and Roses in the Ocean are part of, and in particular, he praised the work SEMPHN is doing in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Roses in the Ocean facilitates workshops and a mentoring program to empower people with lived experience of suicide to share their stories and engage in local suicide prevention activities. 

SEMPHN has commissioned a number of programs and services in the south eastern Melbourne catchment to provide suicide prevention services. Read more about each of those programs here

If you need support

If you or someone you know is affected by this story, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. 

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