It is estimated that more than 30,000 West Australians got involved in the community events and awareness raising activities during the state’s 49th Mental Health Week.
The event, which ran from the 8th to 15th of October 2016, also recorded its highest levels of online engagement, as thousands of people took to social media with #MHW2016.
During Mental Health Week WA the Western Australian Mental Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), in partnership with the Mental Health Commission, promoted the campaign themes Act-Belong-Commit (courtesy of Mentally Healthy WA) alongside the suicide prevention message “Together We Can Save Lives”. These messages reached a diverse range of people across the state during awareness raising events.
Many regional and remote communities in Western Australia held awareness raising events during the campaign with support from WAAMH’s Regional Community Grants Program. More than $20,000 was provided to events across the state. Hundreds of organisations also ordered resources to support events held in workplaces, schools and the community.
The Know Injury Team supported Mental Health Week WA by connecting with Local Government Officers across WA with the information and resources they needed to promote the campaign messages throughout their workplace and local community.
The Know Injury Team also delivered a webinar on Thursday 20 October on ‘Suicide Prevention for Local Governments and Communities’ with Tracy McCown from Suicide Prevention Australia. The webinar provided information on the prevalence and scope of suicide in Western Australia as well as explored practical tools and resources for suicide prevention activities at the community level.
Tracy McCown, who manages the Lived Experience Network, presented information on ways local governments can support the community, planning tools that exist to help and the importance of collaborating with many different sectors in the local community. Tracy also helped to break down and clarify some of the myths regarding suicide prevention.
Know Injury would like to thank those who participated in Mental Health Week WA whether you attended the webinar, hosted or attended a Mental Health Week event or raised awareness of mental health and suicide prevention on social media, your efforts to reduce suicide in WA is very much appreciated.
For more information on the impact of suicide in Western Australia and how you can implement effective intervention strategies in your community visit: