The WA Government announced $200,000 for a round of suicide prevention grants to promote community-based initiatives.
WA Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell encouraged organisations from across Western Australia to apply for grants of up to $20,000 each, for programs aimed at increasing protective factors and reducing self-harm and suicide risks.
“These grants are intended to strengthen local support networks, help people develop coping strategies and encourage help-seeking behaviours by connecting people with available services,” Ms Mitchell said.
“This unique program builds on previous funding that has focused on suicide prevention training to up-skill communities to increase competence in identifying and supporting people with suicidal ideation or suicidal behaviour.”
The Minister said the grants would have a focus on Aboriginal-led programs that brought people together in a supportive environment to build personal resilience and enhance social and emotional wellbeing.
“We are also looking for initiatives that include Aboriginal elder mentoring, youth leadership programs and back-to-country activities that encourage cultural healing,” she said.
“Organisations promoting the wellbeing of people in the LGBTI community are also encouraged to apply.”