A community-led suicide prevention trial has successfully educated up to 775 thousand residents in Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Pirie and the Yorke Peninsula over the last 4 years, according to a new report.
Results show suicide prevention training and events led by the community have strengthened services in country SA, with key findings revealing increased compassion and awareness, increased confidence to communicate and connect with people in distress, and a decrease in judgement and stigma.
The findings were released on Friday by Country SA Primary Health Network (CSAPHN), which commissioned the analysis from Uni SA’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research and Education Group.
The trial was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.
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