Residents invited to fight for life forum

A pushtohalvethe region’s suicide rate by 2023 will continue on Tuesday with a community forum.

The Fight For Your Life (FFYL) forum will discuss whatsupport exists and how it can be improved for people at risk, those who have attempted suicide, carers and people bereaved by suicide.

Fight for your Life: Dawn O’Neil will return to the south-west to facilitate a suicide prevention forum in Warrnambool on Tuesday Picture: Rob Gunstone

Information from the forumwill help todevelop a strategic plan for the region.

It willbuild on a FFYL forum for service providers, held in November,whichmapped out existingservices and what can be improved as part of an overall suicide prevention strategy.

The first forum, attended by health professionals, emergency services, local government and community organisations,was an important step in the campaign’s goals of prevention, intervention and support for those bereaved by suicide.

Core working group member Chris Healey, a research fellow from Deakin Rural Health said Tuesday’s forum was open toanyoneinterested inreducingand preventing suicidein our community.

He said it was important people knew where to gofor help and support and the group’s goals centered on increased community awareness andaccess to greater support.

A website is also being developed to provide access to local, relevant information about the services and resourcesavailable and would be written in an easy to understand format, he said.

Former beyondblue and Lifeline chief Dawn O’Neil,who has20 years ofexperience in the social sectorwill facilitatethe session at the City Memorial Bowls Club. To register call 5564 5806 by 5pm Monday.

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