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Date:2008-12; Dated: Jul.-Dec. 2008
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Mental Health Association of Central Australia
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14 Life Promotion Program Addressing Suicide and Self-Harm in Central Australia upd ate Mental Health Promotion Officer based in Tennant Creek Jeannette Greenor Jay for shorthas recently been appointed as the Tennant Creek based Mental Health Promotions Officer for MHACA. Jays role picks up where Coral Aston left off with Life Promotions, but has an added role to work with local organisations and members of the Barkly community to provide a promotion and training arm of MHACA. She has been busy meeting with local workers and finding out what is already happening in the Tennant Creek and surrounding communities regarding mental health and suicide prevention worksee her update on page 16. Jay will be helping to raise community awareness about mental health and suicide through activities during mental health week and other significant times during the year such as World Suicide Prevention Day, and is a qualified ASIST trainer. Brian and Laurencia travelled to Tennant Creek to help deliver an ASIST workshop in early December and to meet up with Anyinginyi staff and the Barkly mental health team. Jay is based with the Stronger Families team of Anyinginyi Congress in an attempt to ensure she has a supportive organisation to work within, and as an important partnership with MHACA. Please contact her in Tennant Creek on (08) 8962 1114 or 0488 567 577 or email email@example.com Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) Community Meeting In November, Brian and Laurencia attended a meeting at the Spirituality Centre as part of a group of people from agencies and organisations who offer services that focus on mental health or social and emotional wellbeing. We were invited to a discussion to consider how we do our work, how we might better collaborate and how we could more effectively respond to the concerns raised by community members. Issues raised by some of the Ltyentye Apurte men at a session in the morning highlighted the importance of meaningful activity such as: useful local employment (orchard work, horse program, music teaching, building and maintenance, road work and rubbish collection); training and education to occur in the evenings focused on issues such as alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, family relationships and mental health; ways to overcome misunderstandings of documents written in English (especially matters related to court orders and legal matters); and opportunities to get out of the community and travel out bush on weekends as a means to stay away from trouble and to connect with culture and country. The meeting was facilitated by Ilan Warchivker who is known to many in the community for his work on the Ltyentye Apurte health plan. We were grateful to be a part of the discussions and hope that it will lead to a better coordinated and more responsive mental health workforce for the Ltyentye Apurte community. LPP Manager: Laurencia Grant LPP Officer: Brian Kennedy Who are we? The main focus of Life Promotion is to grapple with the problem of suicidal behaviour as it occurs in the Central Australia region. LPP workers are skilled in: running workshops delivering & developing training researching the issue of suicide networking & advocacy health promotion What we do ... meetings, forums, emails, workshops - making sure people have a chance to share what they know about how best to address suicidal beahviour in our region training, articles, books, audio providing information & training to the community to help increase the level of public skills & knowledge about how to respond in the face of suicidal thoughts or behaviour talks, events, posters increasing public awareness of what contributes to suicidal behaviour, what protects from it & what we can do when people are affected by it response group offering support to people affected by losses to suicides localised training packages combining study and community networking to tailor health promotion materials and training packages so that they are relevant, useful and accessible to people in our region support & advocacy for policies & services that reduce factors that contribute to suicidal behaviour and/or increase factors that protect from suicidal behaviour For further info call: Laurencia Grant on 8950 4608 or Brian Kennedy on 8950 4609 Monday to Friday 8.30am 4.30pm LPP Manager - Laurencia Grant
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