A NETWORK of people whose lives have been touched by mental health and suicide, together with service providers, have launched a local radio program to help remove the stigma surrounding the issues.
Wanneroo and Communities Suicide Prevention Network chairwoman Kat Houareau said the show on 89.7fm gave people an opportunity to be heard and was already being well received, with weekly station rankings as the #1 podcast.
“The ‘Road to Recovery’ show launched just before Christmas and it is already building the conversation and community,” she said.
“We have people reaching out locally, nationally and even overseas, requesting to speak about particular topics.
“Sadly, people often feel that they cannot share because of the feeling that it is going to cause issues – when actually talking is healing people.
“People want to reach out and they want to be heard.
“Research shows us that community-based radio can help to boost mental wellbeing in those who may be feeling isolated and can empower audiences.
“Each show has two ‘lived experience’ members – those whose lives have been touched by suicide – along with a carer, clinician or other expert.”
The network has lived experience members and service providers who are promoting positive mental wellbeing, removing the stigma around suicide and encouraging people to seek help.
The group received a P&N Bank Helping &nds grant, which will help to train more members as suicide prevention educators who will be available presentations, workshops, for support groups and for the Road to Recovery program.
P&N Joondalup branch manager Jessica Nguyen said that the bank was delighted to be able to support an organisation reaching out to people in need.
“This is exactly what P&N’s Helping &nds program is all about – providing financial support which can be directed into an area of need, such as giving a voice to people impacted by suicide or mental health issues and helping to remove the stigma,” she said.
To find out more about Wanneroo and Communities Suicide Prevention Network, visit www.facebook.com/WACSPN or tune into ‘Road to Recovery with Kat’ on 89.7fm from noon to 2pm on Fridays.