Grants for mental health

IF I CAN: Richard May, Chris Koch, Mark Dickinson and Emma Gale at Chris' talk in Cummins earlier this year.
IF I CAN: Richard May, Chris Koch, Mark Dickinson and Emma Gale at Chris' talk in Cummins earlier this year.

Tackling the issue of suicide on the Lower Eyre Peninsula, Empowering Lower Eyre has received $5000 to train its committee members in mental health first aid training and bring a guest speaker to Cummins in the coming months.

SA Health gave the group the funding as part of its “community grants to tackle suicide” program on Tuesday, July 10.

Empowering Lower Eyre co-vice chair Emma Gale said the group, which is nearing its first birthday, would provide a two day training workshop in a range of areas to talk about depression, anxiety, psychosis and drug and alcohol abuse.

“It’s to recognise if someone was in a crisis...to look at what it looks like,” Mrs Gale said.

She said the training would give people knowledge on how to better equip people to manage a crisis.

Mrs Gale said the group had plans to book another motivational speaker following the success of the previous two speakers, Chris Koch who talked about being a farmer with no arms or legs, and Chris Blowes, who spoke about his recovery from his shark attack.

She said she was aiming to get motivational speaker and suicide attempt survivor Anthony Hart to speak in Cummins about his experiences.

She said Mr Hart stepped off a 21-floor building and caught himself on an awning at the 14th floor.

“It will be interesting hearing from someone who has lived it...depression day by day,” she said.

The group will also explore training in how the community could support those after a suicide attempt.

Mrs Gale said she had received comments from parents and older members of the community about the impact the previous two talks has had on the conversation around mental health.

“Parents have told me about the conversations they have had on the way home (from the event)...that they’ve been phenomenal.”

“Older residents said they’ve never had access to something like this.”

The successful suicide prevention projects are required to be undertaken between July 1, 2018 and June 31, 2019.