Local group attends Whyalla network

NETWORK: Ange Harris, Erin Roberts, Lynne O’Sullivan and Jess Quinn at the regional networking event.

NETWORK: Ange Harris, Erin Roberts, Lynne O’Sullivan and Jess Quinn at the regional networking event.

Members from the Cleve and Districts Mental Health and Wellbeing Group had the opportunity to network with other suicide prevention networks from throughout state in Whyalla on June 28.

In what was termed a ‘regional network of networks’, the event focused on the mental health support available for men living in rural communities.

The aim of suicide prevention networks is to develop communities to be suicide aware, able to respond to individuals in suicidal crisis and support those bereaved by suicide.

Sarah Powell, Richard Parker from the Whyalla Suicide Prevention Network and Jeremy Edwards from the WSPN and men’s support group I’m Not Afraid To Talk were guest speakers at the event.

Cleve and Districts Mental Health and Wellbeing Group member Erin Roberts said the event was helpful because it allowed the group to make different contacts within other mental health groups, and got to see what others were doing.

“It gave us a good opportunity to see what is out there,” she said.

The Cleve and Districts Mental Health and Wellbeing Group is now trying to focus more on men’s mental health.

The next Cleve and Districts Mental Health and Wellbeing Group meeting will be held on Monday, July 23 at the Cleve Hotel and anyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, and to keep up to date on the group and any other events it hosts, visit the Cleve and Districts Mental Health and Wellbeing Group Facebook page.