I recently took part in the Push Up Challenge, as part of a Gold Coast team of health executives, to raise awareness about mental health and suicide and importantly, suicide prevention.
Our team completed well above the push-ups required over 25 days in June – the goal of 3318 being the number of people who died from suicide across Australia in 2019.
Although the push up challenge is over for another year, our work on suicide prevention, support for mental health, and the emerging impacts of COVID-19 continue.
A multi-sectoral group has been working to develop a Gold Coast Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan, which is currently being finalised, and will support a community-led coordinated response to suicide for the Gold Coast. To get involved contact email@example.com.
One of our initiatives in the Community Action Plan is providing free online Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training, which we encourage local residents to complete, which will help them identify and support their friends, colleagues or customers who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts.
We also commission a range of services offering support with referral options for GPs and their patients. For more details click here.
For immediate support for people struggling with the continuing COVID-19 situation, Wesley Mission Queensland provides support through their COVID-19 Recovery Service available 8.30am – 4.30 pm Monday to Friday on 07 5625 1949 or by visiting their website.
For Crisis Support and emergency situations the following services are available:
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