We can all do our bit to help prevent suicide

The recent announcement of the Premier’s Suicide Prevention Council members provides us with a reminder that we all have a role in looking out for each other to help prevent suicide.

Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don’t need to be an expert – just a good friend and a great listener. So, if you notice someone who might be struggling – start a conversation and ask, ‘R U OK?’.

The Premier’s Council, headed by the Hon John Dawkins MLC, is tasked with the critical role of reducing the State’s suicide rate which is currently above the national average. Mr Dawkins said he welcomed the 13 South Australians, from varying vocational, cultural and social backgrounds who have agreed to serve on the council. ‘These council members are passionate advocates for suicide prevention and between them, they have devoted decades to helping people touched by suicide,’ said Mr Dawkins.

Janet Kuys, founder and coordinator of Silent Ripples, which recently conducted meetings in Berri and Waikerie, and Tracey Wanganeen, co-ordinator of Country SA South for StandBy Support after Suicide, who has supported suicide prevention and postvention groups in the Riverland, have both been appointed to the Council.

For more information about suicide prevention and the resources available visit the R U OK or Beyond Blue websites.

For immediate help 24 hours a day call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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