John was honoured to participate in the SA Suicide Prevention Planning Day with members from the Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention and the Issues Group on Suicide Prevention on August 12th hosted by Ms Lucy and Mr Darren Golding at their winery Golding Wines in Lobethal.
The day provided the opportunity for both the Premier’s Council and Issues Group on Suicide Prevention to workshop ideas together and be updated on the recent Wellbeing SA transition.
The community focused suicide prevention work of the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist in SA Health transitioned to Wellbeing SA on August 12th 2020.
The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist will maintain a role in suicide prevention but with a focus on specialist mental health services. The South Australian Suicide Prevention Networks will now be administered by Wellbeing SA.
The Office of the Premier’s Advocate for Suicide Prevention will continue its work as it previously has and work closely in collaboration with both the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and Wellbeing SA, with the primary focus being to reduce the rate and impact of suicide in our communities.
John was also very grateful and appreciative of Ms Karen McColl and Ms Tanya Malins for their great work in organising the event. This followed on from their great commitment and dedication throughout their work with John.
On September 22nd, Mr Dan Cregan MP, Member for Kavel and Community Resilience, was appointed as the Premier’s Advocate for Suicide Prevention.