Hay to host suicide forum
The organiser of a suicide forum in Hay tomorrow has issued an open invitation to the wider Riverina community to attend.
Councillor Peter Dwyer spoke out recently over the silence about five suicides in the past two years in the western Riverina town.
"We've got a couple of school kids coming across as well and also a couple of teachers and that'll be fantastic," he said.
"But to the broader region, if anyone would like to come to the forum on Wednesday night, even Thursday morning, we've also got a meeting on Thursday morning for service providers and local councillors and council reps and just other people too, then by all means, come along."
There will be a day-long training course tomorrow for 15 people, before the suicide forum from 7:00pm (AEDT) at the Hay Services Club.
The event was launched at the Hay Lions Market on the weekend, where a range of material provided by beyondblue was shared with residents.
Cr Dwyer says professionals are limited in places as remote as Hay, so the forum is vital.
"We don't want to be counsellors, we want to be that link pin between people that are suffering that depression and the professionals," he said.
"If we can keep an eye out for a mate, identify the early warning signs and then we can hopefully convince them to go and seek help and take it from there.
"Hopefully this'll benefit everybody in the community.
"Because ... as soon as someone takes their own life, it affects everybody in that community and we've had five in the last 18 months, two years."
ABC Riverina News - 1st November, 2011