Politics Sector News Suicide — 16 June 2016

Malcolm Turnbull has promised $2 million in funding for a new mental health and outreach centre in Mandurah after an outcry over suicides in the Peel region.

WA Liberal Andrew Hastie said the commitment from the Federal Government would help hundreds of young people, particularly those battling drugs.

The West Australian revealed how there had been a spate of teenage suicides south of Perth, with the State Government forced to deploy extra resources to the region to confront the crisis.

The Prime Minister has pledged that if the coalition is re-elected, it will give cash to a new regional health hub for 12-24-year-olds — bringing mental health experts and social workers under one roof.

Mr Hastie said: “This will ensure that we can provide a co-ordinated and comprehensive approach to care for the mental, social and physical health and wellbeing of our young people,” Mr Hastie said.

As well as dealing with the problems brought by increased use of the drug ice, areas around Mandurah are bearing the brunt of increased unemployment.

In April, Mr Turnbull met local schoolchildren, police and community leaders to hear their concerns. Suicide is the leading cause of death among Australians aged 15 to 44.

This article first appearecd on ‘The West Australian’ on 16 June 2016.


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