North Burnett Suicide Prevention co-ordinator Russell Mills. Credit: Alex Treacy.
North Burnett Suicide Prevention co-ordinator Russell Mills. Credit: Alex Treacy.

Health training sessions to aid North Burnett

SEVERAL mental health and wellness training workshops will be introduced into the North Burnett up until the end of the financial year.

The North Burnett Community Service (NBCS) will be hosting the official launch at their centre on November 14, with federal minister Ken O’Dowd introducing the announcement.

Running for close to three years now, the Suicide Prevention Site in North Burnett is one of 12 around Australia, funded by the Commonwealth Government’s National Suicide Prevention Trial.

This funding was awarded to Primary Health Networks (PHN) that have connected with local networks in the region to develop local approaches to suicide prevention.

Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator Russel Mills hopes Mr O’Dowd’s welcoming speech will be able to inform the region about what’s happening in the federal arena.

“The PHN has funded all of this training for the North Burnett, and this launch will elaborate on what we’re going to do until the end of the trial in June of next year,” Mr Mills said.

Over the next seven months, six organisations will be introducing their evidence-based education programs in Biggenden, Mundubbera, Monto and Eidsvold, in neighbouring Maryborough and Gympie communities.

The dates for these sessions are soon to be determined, and will depend on venue availability in the chosen towns.

The organisations include The National Farmers Health Association, The Pharmacy Guild of Queensland, Roses in the Ocean, Central Queensland Rural Health, Living Works, and Black Dog Institute.

What will be on offer is suicide prevention talks, information sessions, indigenous assist workshops, and more.

Three Farmer’s Health Workshop dinners are proposed for February 2020, focusing on supporting the wellbeing of farming communities.

“We’re even looking for a proposed Men’s Shed luncheon in one place, trying to bring them all together with a motivational speaker for the day.

Even though the PHN is a large part of this launch, Mr Mills also wants the community to hear about what the Federal government can do for the area.

“Having the minister here will give some of the leaders of the community a chance to have a conversation.

“It will then assist providers in getting the word out about their upcoming work.”

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP with Mr Mills at spcoordinator@nbcs.org.au.


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