Bendigo safeTALK workshops educate more than 200 people around suicide prevention so far

We had a great morning tea on October 8 to update the community on how our Bendigo Suicide Prevention Program is going.

It was pretty exciting to report more than 200 people in our community have now been skilled through free LivingWorks Australia safeTALK workshops in recognising someone at risk and how to start the conversation to get them help.

We have visited businesses, community groups, sporting groups such as Eaglehawk Football Netball Club and organisations such as the City of Greater Bendigo, Heathcote Health, Rochester and Elmore District Health Service, headspace Bendigo and St John of God Bendigo along the way and we thank them for the wonderful support in hosting a workshop.

There is just a handful of opportunities left under the Pick My Project funding we received to host free workshops so if you have been thinking about hosting one please be quick in contacting project co-ordinator Hannah Coghill at Bendigo Community Health Services via email  or by calling 5406 1200.

We'd love to keep the series going because the feedback has been excellent and it's encouraging more than 200 people have been trained around suicide prevention but that's going to rely on us finding more funding which isn't easy these days.  

Thank you to Maree Edwards MP for talking at our morning tea this morning about the Pick My Project and our program, along with Andrew Reid from the Eaglehawk Football Netball Club on what the workshop has done for their organisation.

And thank you to everyone who voted for us in the Pick My Project initiative - we are making a difference and that's down to you.

Thank you everyone.