Mandurah suicides: local mum puts Kid’s Helpline fundraiser together


Modern Medical Clinic’s Michelle Ashworth, rear, Claire Martin and Bronwyn Crofts. Picture: Rachel Fenner.
Modern Medical Clinic’s Michelle Ashworth, rear, Claire Martin and Bronwyn Crofts. Picture: Rachel Fenner.

THE recent high profile suicides of Mandurah high schoolers have prompted Modern Medical Clinic’s practice manager Claire Martin to fundraise for Kid’s Helpline.

Ms Martin is the mother of two high school aged children and her 16-year-old daughter was affected by the death of one of her friends.

“I didn’t know how to help,” she said.

“My daughter can’t understand why this has happened, they were happy outgoing kids.

“As a parent you don’t want your kids hurting.”

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Ms Martin decided to act and get her daughter taking part in positive activities.

She organised a weeklong Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Week fundraiser, which kicked off today with a bake sale.

A silent auction will be set up all week.

On Friday, April 15, she is encouraging community members to get down to the clinic on Mahogany Drive in Halls Head to purchase a sausage sizzle.

“I want to thank everyone who has helped out, I’ve been blown away by the response,” she said.

“Special thanks go to (managing director) Dr Steve Bingham for giving me a venue for the fundraiser.”

If you or anyone you know is experiencing mental health issues, please access help from the following numbers:

Kids Helpline is a private and confidential phone counselling service specifically for young people aged between five and 25-years. Call 1800 551 800.

Lifeline Australia provide crisis support and suicide prevention. Call 13 11 14.