| August 31, 2018

Suicide prevention conference held in rural Victoria

• The inaugural conference tackles suicide and mental illness in rural Victoria
• The conference is designed to give mental health practitioners the knowledge and skills to provide better care
• The Coalition Government has committed more than $15,000 to the almost $20,000 project

Local mental health and suicide prevention practitioners will gain valuable insights and skills to provide better care across rural and regional Victoria at the inaugural Loddon Healthy Minds Network suicide prevention conference.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said the conference will focus on suicide prevention strategies that have proven successful within rural communities.

“This important conference will bring together up to 100 local practitioners, many who are frontline service providers working in rural and regional areas, and provide them with new knowledge and skills to take back to their communities,” Mr Drum said.

Loddon Shire Mayor Cheryl McKinnon said a range of experts and speakers will present at the conference to give insights into solutions and strategies to address rural mental health.

“Wayne Schwass, the founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Sunrise Foundation and founder of Puka Up will give the keynote address, and the Centre of Rural and Remote Mental Health, Headspace, Loddon Mallee Mental Health Carers Network and Victoria Police will also be providing their knowledge on this important topic,” Cr McKinnon said.

The conference will be held today at the Inglewood Town Hall from 9.30am to 4pm.

The project is jointly funded with the Coalition Government investing $15,700 under the Building Better Regions Fund, $2,200 from Loddon Shire Council and $2,000 in-kind support.

If you or anyone you know needs help, phone Lifeline on 131114.

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