Suicide Prevention

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK — SUICIDE

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [9.44 pm]: This week is a significant week in the calendar of the mental health sector. It is, of course, Mental Health Week. There are always a number of things that we can and, indeed, need to talk about around issues of mental health. I rise tonight because I want to once again speak up about the issue of suicide. Some very disturbing statistics were recently brought to the public’s attention about what is happening with suicide rates within Australia, with some particularly disturbing rates within Western Australia.

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [9.48 pm]: Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day, so I wanted to rise to mark that event and to speak about how we are going in relation to suicide prevention at the moment in Western Australia. The theme of the 2018 World Suicide Prevention Day, “Working together to prevent suicide”, was chosen because it highlights one of the most essential ingredients for effective global suicide prevention—that is, collaboration.

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