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Caring Connected Communities

 

Mid Murray Caring Connected Communities is a Suicide Prevention Network formed as a local response to suicides in the area. The network has developed; and are implementing an Action Plan to promote wellbeing in the Mid Murray district. The Action Plan and other relevant documents can be downloaded from this page.

Mid Murray Caring Connected Communities welcomes new members who are interested in delivering on our Vision and Mission. To become involved simply contact us on the details below.

Vision

Caring Connected Communities

Mission Statement

To create opportunities for our community; to prevent suicide, connect, care for each other and promote wellbeing.

Our Values

The Mid Murray CCC values people: is a supportive and inclusive network that is friendly and welcoming to all.

We are respectful and ethical in all that we undertake, responsive to the needs of the community and genuine in our endeavours.

**THIS IS NOT A CRISIS OR EMERGENCY SUICIDE SERVICE. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW REQUIRES URGENT HELP PLEASE CALL 000 AND ASK FOR AN AMBULANCE.**

Others who could provide support or assistance include:

South Australian 24 hr Mental Health Triage 18 years and older  13 14 65

Women’s and Children’s Hospital under 18 years  08 8161 7000

Lifeline 13 11 14

Kids Help Line 1800 551 800

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Mensline Australia 1300 789 978

If you or someone you know has been bereaved by suicide the following services are available to assist you:

Standby Response Service 0437 752 458

Silent Ripples 0417 741 888

Background

The Suicide Prevention Network came about because of a deep sense of need for more information sharing, access to services and support for the community following the death by suicide of at least four men in two years in the Sedan / Cambrai area.  The men that died were valued members of the community, and their deaths were devastating to those left behind, causing ripples of sadness, loss and grief.

The deaths raised many questions and Sedan Progress Association together with regional Lutheran Church leaders and Sedan Historic Enthusiast’s Den (Sedan Men’s Shed) worked in unity to bring community together to talk about suicide through a series of open forums.

Mid Murray Councillors and employees were passionate about improving the awareness in the community, and resolved to investigate support services and information networks that would assist in community capacity building. Council’s commitment to connecting with community and developing a strategic approach resulted in the engagement of key stakeholders to continue the conversations. Lynne James, Principal Project Officer Suicide Prevention, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist SA Health;  Tracey Wanganeen StandBy Response Service Coordinator, SA Country South, Uniting Communities and Janet Kuys, founder of Silent Ripples played central roles in developing a community led response.

The engagement has resulted in the development of a Suicide Prevention Network; and this network continues to develop in capacity, bringing much needed support for Suicide Prevention to residents of the Mid Murray Council area.

For further information please contact Mid Murray Council on 8569 0100. 

 

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