Lifeline WA recently delivered a ‘Talking about Suicide’ and ‘Supporting Yourself and Others’ workshop in Geraldton, proudly supported by Arc Infrastructure through our Principal Partnership.
The workshop was part of a broader program of events from Lifeline WA’s visit to Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder in March, which also included a chance to participate in a community cricket event with former Australian Test cricketer and Big Bash League star Brad Hogg.
The Arc-sponsored workshop focused on delivering mental health and suicide prevention training to members of the public and was extremely well received by a diverse range of community members and corporate representatives, including a few of Arc’s own employees.
Midwest Regional Lead Trevor Blackmore said the session was valuable and informative for all who attended.
“Our Midwest team got a lot out of the Lifeline WA workshop. It was great to see all the work Lifeline WA has put into mental health awareness and suicide prevention. The event was well attended by our local community and there was strong attendee participation over the two sessions. Everyone shared their experiences and personal stories on how mental health had affected them directly or indirectly through family, friends and work colleagues,” Mr Blackmore said.
Supervisor Signals Midwest Luke Tomlinson said it provided a unique opportunity to openly discuss difficult subjects that are often considered off-limits.
“The Lifeline workshop showed us different ways to deal with people that have challenges with their mental health. It is such a touchy subject but you can’t tip-toe around it as it is real and has major consequences if not dealt with properly. I learnt that being open and honest with someone that has mental health issues is the best way to be. If they are willing to talk to you about their mental health it means they trust you and that they are open to getting the help they need,” Mr Tomlinson said.
On their Facebook page, Lifeline WA wrote, "A big thank you to our partner Arc Infrastructure, for partnering with us to engage regional communities to raise awareness of Lifeline WA’s services and to facilitate conversation about positive mental health."
If you or someone you know is having a difficult time, please seek assistance by contacting your trusted healthcare professional or by calling Lifeline WA on 13 11 14.
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