|11 September 2014
Crucial financial support has been given by the Wattle Range Council for a suicide prevention program to be held in Millicent. The funding application by the Millicent Lions Club was supported by Council as part of the first round of the 2014/15 Community Financial Assistance Grant program.
The Lions Club is co‐ordinating the funding for the Menswatch program and Council agreed to contribute $2,000 towards it. Funding for the Menswatch program now exceeds $7,000 following donations of $4,000 from local Leigh Kent and $1,000 from the Millicent Medical Clinic.
Mayor Peter Gandolfi said the Menswatch is designed to support men with personal, relationship or mental health issues, raising awareness and taking action to address male suicide and depression in our community.
“The community recognition of the need to undertake the Menswatch program has been overwhelming and I thank the community for its support,” he said. “The program is designed to lift the awareness of issues men in the community may be facing and give mates the appropriate information to help each other out.”
Flow on effects of the program can also see the empowerment of local men to help each other; prevention of the escalation of mental health issues in the community; a better understanding in the broader community of mental health – essentially reducing the stigma; and overall improvement of the wellbeing of men in the community enabling them to in turn be better fathers, friends, brothers and sons.
“I encourage men of all ages to attend the information evenings as the information gained may save someone’s life,” Mr Gandolfi said.
The first of three Millicent workshops will begin on Tuesday 30 September at the Millicent Community Club. The evening begins with a free meal and soft drink, followed by a workshop finishing at 9.30 pm. Two subsequent sessions will then be held same venue, same time on Tuesdays 7 and 14 of October. RSVPs (for catering purposes) and inquiries should be directed to Menswatch representative Sue Watt on 0428 255 122.