The month of September highlights mental health awareness with several different campaigns to get people talking about suicide and mental health.
R U OK? Day, World Suicide Prevention Day, Liptember, Women’s Health Week all occur this month to encourage people to speak to someone if they are experiencing mental health issues.
Collie Preston MLA Mick Murray said he supported people speaking about it and receiving help.
“I urge people to speak to someone and seek help as there is absolutely no shame in admitting to having a problem with stress or mental health,” Mr Murray said.
“It is unfortunate that suicide is often an unspoken scourge in society which can be prevented by people making that first step and talking to someone about their issues.”
He said Collie could always do with more services, but was far better off than other towns when it comes to medical services.
Black Dog Ride community development manager Fiona Duffield said their focus remains on urging people to talk about mental health and suicide.
“This normalises mental illness which in turn encourages people to access their local services for support,” Mrs Duffield said.
“Black Dog Ride is immensely supportive of any initiative which encourages individuals and communities to talk about the black dog, and to continue talking about it, long after the campaign of focus is over.
“Where there is talk, there is hope. Talking about mental health and suicide can be the catalyst for someone silently struggling with mental illness to seek help. These conversations can and do save lives.”
Shire of Collie chief executive officer David Blurton said the shire works with health providers to run mental health workshops and encourages service expansion in Collie.
“The need for more youth mental health support services in Collie is recognised and Council is working with a range of agencies to address this issue,” Mr Blurton said.
If you or a loved one need help call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Rural Link on 1800 522 022 or Suicide Call Back on 1300 659 467.