With Mental Health Month underway, Lifeline Macarthur is leading the conversation about mental health and suicide prevention with their Small Steps for Suicide Prevention project, which commenced this October.
The project encourages members of the community to take small steps to care for their own mental health and to support others who may be living with a mental illness.
With 3046 Australians taking their own lives in 2018, the project seeks to destigmatise suicide and mental health, allowing those in crisis to reach out to essential crisis support and suicide prevention services in the area.
"Our aim with the Small Steps project is to create room for conversations around mental health and suicide," Lifeline Macarthur's strategic partnerships and community engagement general manager Tracey Yuen said.
"It's important for people to be aware that over 20 per cent of the population live with a mental illness and many of us experience difficult times at some point.
"We're stronger as a community when there is a sense of connection and collaboration and Small Steps is our small step towards that."
The project runs across October as part of Mental Health Month.
Visit www.smallstepsforsuicideprevention.com.au for more information about the project.
Aside from the 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line, Lifeline Macarthur runs suicide aftercare programs, suicide support groups for those who have attempted to take their life and support groups for those bereaved by suicide.
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If you or someone you know is in crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or if life is in danger, call 000.