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Get SafeTALK into our schools

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MACKAY region school students are screaming out to be heard.

They have lost too many of their friends to suicide and they just want it to stop.

During the past year our community has seen a spike in the number of young people who have taken their own lives – and the impacts have been devastating.

 Counselling after such a tragedy is, quite simply, not enough. More needs to be done to prevent, and raise awareness of, suicide.

We need to break down the stigmas and the stereotypes and take control.

That’s where SafeTALK comes in.

Already proven successful throughout the region’s business and broader communities, SafeTALK’s message is that “most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives.

This is a program which connects vulnerable people with life-saving intervention resources, while equipping everyone who takes part with the tools to identify and safely act upon the signs and symptoms.

This is a program which is needed in our schools – and The Daily Mercury calls on parents, educators, schools (both government and independent) and anyone with an interest in the wellbeing of our youth, to support this campaign, sign this petition and demonstrate to Mackay region principals the need for an immediate SafeTALK rollout in each and every one of our Mackay Region secondary schools.



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