Suicide scourge focus of rotary's planned forum

MEMBERS of the Rotary Club of Rockhampton are alarmed by the high incidence of youth suicide in the community and believe it is time for something to be done to help build resilience and emotional development in children and young people.

On Tuesday, September 29, the Rotary Club of Rockhampton will host a “No Bandaids Please”, Suicide Prevention Forum at the Baptist Tabernacle auditorium, 650 Norman Road, North Rockhampton at 6pm.

Special guest speaker will be Professor Paula Barrett, founder of Pathways Health and Research Centre.

Prof Barrett is also author of Friends for Life, Fun Friends and Focus and is patron of Pathways to Resilience Trust.

Rotary president Jenni Keerie said it was such an important issue she encouraged all interested members of the community to take advantage of the opportunity to hear Prof Barrett speak.

“Education, awareness and early detection are the keys to making a change within our community.

“By identifying ways in which we can address the causes leading to the high risk of suicide we can create sustainable change within the community,” she said.

Jenni said Prof Barrett was one of the world's leaders in the promotion of resilience in families and communities.

Her programs for the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression had been used in more than 17 countries and were recognised by the World Health Organisation.

The Baptist venue had a capacity of up to 1000 people.

Doors will open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start and entry will be by gold coin donation.

All are welcome to attend this important address.

RSVP to Capricornia Training Company on 4922 2008 by September 24 for catering purposes.

Education, awareness and early detection are the keys to making community change


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