Men’s Shed takes action

Discussion. A Community Action Plan will be established through the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network in consultation with Circular Head Men’s Shed. 

Supported by Relationships Tasmania, the network comprises community members, service providers, organisations and government representatives who are working together to reduce the rate and impact of suicide in the state. The network was launched as a key initiative of the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy in 2012. 

Relationships Tasmania project officer Sam Story says the aim of a Community Action Plan is for community members to develop and implement support networks that meet the needs of Circular Head.

“It’s more about getting a group of blokes together to work on a mental health and suicide prevention plan driven by the community,” he said. 

“We’ll be talking about what they can do in the community to make an impact and equipping men with information to put a plan in place.” 

The focus is to increase the amount of support the community receives by raising awareness and building community skills and resilience in suicide prevention. 

A workshop will be held in Smithton next week to take the first step in establishing this plan. 

Circular Head Men’s Shed president Brad Gawne encouraged anyone interested in being involved to head along. 

“People of my age are susceptible to suicide which is really sad, and that is one of the main reasons for having a shed where men can talk to other men and help them through rough times.” 

Reducing stigma surrounding mental health and noticing the warning signs is key to suicide prevention, he says. 

The Community Action Plan discussion will be held at Wyndarra Centre, 43 Smith Street, Smithton on Monday June 25 from 2.30pm. 

For more information contact Circular Head Men’s Shed president Brad Gawne on 0429 668 114.

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