Karrinyup man recognised for suicide prevention efforts

Phil Renshaw of Karrinyup.
Phil Renshaw of Karrinyup.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT suicide prevention organisation Youth Focus has recognised Karrinyup’s Phil Renshaw for his support.

Mr Renshaw, whose brother died from suicide, will take part in the Ride for Youth for the ninth time next year.

He is also voluntary chair of the ride’s organising committee and has raised more than $70,000 for Youth Focus in the past eight years.

The organisation presented Mr Renshaw with the Geoff Rasmussen Corporate Citizen Award at its Make a Difference Awards this month.

Acting chief executive Raj Thethy said one young person died from suicide in WA each week and it was the leading cause of death of young Australians.

“Our supporters hail from all walks of life and play a key role in helping Youth Focus to connect and help with as many young people as we can,” he said.

“Last financial year, we helped almost 10,000 young people through our free counselling services and suicide prevention education programs.

“This is largely due to the unrelenting support of individuals, corporate sponsors and our staff who work tirelessly day in, day out to raise money, organise fundraising events, mentor young people and share awareness about youth suicide.”

If you or someone you know needs urgent support, call the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.