Mineral Resources partners to prevent youth suicide

Mineral Resources

Mineral Resources (MRL) is working to stem youth suicide through a new principal partnership with the Telethon Kids Institute.

The partnership comes as a part of a $10 million five-year commitment MRL has made to Telethon, aimed at ensuring more young people in high-risk environments in Western Australia have access to much-needed services and support.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in Western Australia, with 3.2 deaths per 100,000 people of ages 5-17 being recorded between 2016 and 2020.

The Community Strengths in Suicide Prevention Project is being led by internationally respected early career research fellow Dr Nicole Hill, whose focus lies in working with the community to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

“We want to make sure that young people aren’t falling through the cracks,” said Hill.

The project will utilise hospital and coronial suicide data to identify suicide “hotspots” in WA and use that data to develop solutions on an individual community basis to improve the wellbeing of those at risk.

MRL psychologist Chris Harris discussed adolescence as a time when mental health issues may start to appear, highlighting the importance of early intervention and access to support for young people.

“We know that some communities have higher rates of suicide and poor mental health outcomes, and that they’re in urgent need of better services,” he said.

“We’re proud to support this valuable project, which will identify where support services are needed and drive long-term, sustainable changes.”

The outcomes from the project will be applied across WA, with additional partners Youth Focus and Lifeline WA joining together with MRL and Telethon Kids Institute to implement short and long term supports for young people.

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