Victor Harbor group helps high school students with suicide prevention initiatives

Premier Steven Marshall and Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention John Dawkins. The pair have announced the South Coast Suicide Prevention Team in Victor Harbor has received a state government grant. Photo: Supplied.

Premier Steven Marshall and Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention John Dawkins. The pair have announced the South Coast Suicide Prevention Team in Victor Harbor has received a state government grant. Photo: Supplied.

The South Coast Suicide Prevention Team's successful state government grant application will help Victor Harbor High School students attend a workshop and create positive mental health-related art for the community.

The SA Suicide Prevention Community Grants Scheme (SASPCGS) provides funding for initiatives that raise awareness around suicide, break down stigma around mental health and suicidal ideation, and increase connections within communities.

In the funding application, the Victor Harbor team demonstrated how the funding would address needs of Victor Harbor High School students in the area.

The grant will give these students the chance to attend The Champions Workshop with Nic Newling, an international speaker with lived experience of suicide.

These initiatives will take place in the 2020-21 financial year.

Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention John Dawkins said these events and initiatives could help save lives.

"Suicide has far-reaching consequences throughout communities," he said.

"Projects which are tailored to the needs of local communities deliver the most effective outcomes, by supporting vulnerable individuals and those bereaved and impacted by suicide."

South Australia's Chief Psychiatrist, Dr John Brayley, said grant recipients like the South Coast Suicide Prevention Team showed a "high level of innovation" and their efforts would "engage many people to support mental health self-care, as well as breaking down stigma and encouraging help seeking when needed".

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