THREE in four suicides are by men, prompting the State Government to launch a dedicated website promoting mental wellbeing.
Mental Health Minister Roger Cook announced the Think Mental Health campaign this morning.
The public education campaign dedicated to improving mental health and wellbeing and reducing the risk of suicide is a first for WA.
The initial phase of the campaign will target men aged 25 to 54 as the age group is considered to be higher risk.
“On average, suicide tragically claims the life of one West Australian each day,” Mr Cook said.
“If you notice a mate isn’t going so well, check in on him. If you are still concerned, check in on him again – it might take a bit before they open up.”
A dedicated website offers a mental health self-assessment checklist, and a check-up tool to help people get the right help.
In addition to the digital campaign, resources will be given to GPs.
The digital campaign has been developed by the Mental Health Commission and will be delivered online, via radio, social media and video.
Almost half of all Australians will experience mental health issues in their lifetime, and each year, one in five Australians will experience mental health issues.
“I encourage all West Australians to take steps to stay mentally healthy, just as they do to stay physically healthy,” Mr Cook said.