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Suicide prevention workshop

LODDON Healthy Minds Network 2022 Suicide Prevention Forum would give a crucial focus for rural communities, said Mayor Dan Straub,

Cr Straub said it was critical that local communities were looking after each other.

Registrations open next Friday for the forum in Inglewood on October 20.

“As highlighted by the Loddon Healthy Minds Network, suicide prevention is everyone’s business,” Cr Straub said.

“This forum comes at a moment in time where mental health, including among our rural communities, is a crucial focal point.

“Given the impacts of the past two years, and the continued effects we’re seeing in our community, helping ensure the wellbeing of our fellow community members is vital.

“I encourage everyone in our region who is concerned about mental health in rural communities, be it through their work, volunteering capacity or as a community member, to attend the forum.”

The forum will focus on suicide prevention strategies that work in rural areas. Speakers will give insights into solutions and strategies to address rural mental health.

Among them will be renowned mental health speaker, author and radio broadcaster Craig Hamilton.

Craig, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2000, is one of Australia’s most high-profile speakers on mental health and wellbeing.

“A range of guest presenters will also speak at SPF22, providing strategies that practitioners, service providers, community members and volunteers alike will be able to put to immediate use in service and or their community,” Cr Straub said.

A limited number of free tickets for Loddon community members and volunteers to attend the forum are available through the shire council.

Registration for forum is at www.loddonhealthyminds.com.au/suicide-prevention-forum

Loddon Healthy Minds Network was formed in 2007 to pursue mental health issues across the shire.

For support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

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