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April 7, 2014

Co-ordinated response being developed to help prevent suicide in the West Coast Community

The Chair of the West Coast Suicide Prevention Governance Group, Dr Carol Atmore, says a coherent West Coast Suicide Prevention Plan will be developed this year in response to heightened awareness of suicides on the Coast.

Health sector organisations across the Coast are working with the police to consider options and develop a multi-agency response to help prevent suicide in the West Coast community.

"The immediate focus of the West Coast Suicide Prevention Plan will be to increase support to health workers, and families and communities who have experienced the suicide of one of their own," says Dr Atmore.

"A high priority for the Group is to work closely with the police to look at how we can improve and provide appropriate services, from health promotion, to identifying and assisting people at risk of suicide. When someone takes their life, it's a tragedy for all concerned."

Dr Atmore says experts in suicide prevention are helping to guide this work. An example of this is recent training for health staff on early recognition of suicide warning signs.

The recommendations that will come from the recent Mental Health Services review, which will be released soon, will be implemented as a matter of priority says Dr Atmore.

"We will look to involve other agencies beyond health and police over the course of time as we continue to strive to improve how we do things."

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For more information please contact:

Louise McLean
PA to Director of Nursing & Midwifery and Acting GM Hospital Services
t: (03) 769 7887
Corporate Office | West Coast District Health Board | Grey Base Hospital, PO Box 387, Greymouth 7840

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