Businesses step up to prevent suicide

A CAMPAIGN to create further awareness and training in the hope of preventing suicides is off to a flying start.

The Daily Mercury joined the Grapevine group and Lifeline to launch the Sign Up for SafeTALK campaign on Saturday.

An additional seven businesses and two individuals have also signed up to take part.

Both Grapevine group chairman Laurence Manning and Lifeline crisis support service co-ordinator Dianne Gillespie said it was heartening to see an immediate positive response.

"We received calls from various local businesses and also two general members of the public who both talked about having personal experience with suicide," Mrs Gillespie said.

One business already on board is Woodman's Mitre 10.

General manager Kerry Woodman said it provided a great opportunity to learn more so staff could try to be more aware of the circumstances.

"We are ill-prepared to see the telltale signs, particularly in the workplace," Mr Woodman said.

"I'm pretty devastated by what's happening in Mackay.

"We have a 24-year-old exchange student from Belgium with us at the moment and I was talking to her about the high suicide rate in the town.

"She's flabbergasted because she said it's a beautiful place to live and the people are so friendly.

"We shouldn't have this problem here.

"But I've seen blokes who are very cheerful on the outside, and inside they're churning up."

Grapevine is covering the cost of training for businesses.

You can find out more by phoning Lifeline on 49442300.

 

If you need to talk, contact:

Lifeline: 131114

Beyondblue: 1300224636

MensLine: 1300789978



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