Community support is vital to the continuation of the Lachlan Area Suicide Prevention Network

Lachlan Area Suicide Prevention Network members, from left - Ross Bailey, Sandi Bailey, Barney Thompson, Evelyn Shallvey, Pam Cole, Kevin Dumesny and Di Gill are calling for community attendance at the AGM next Wednesday.
Lachlan Area Suicide Prevention Network members, from left - Ross Bailey, Sandi Bailey, Barney Thompson, Evelyn Shallvey, Pam Cole, Kevin Dumesny and Di Gill are calling for community attendance at the AGM next Wednesday.

The Lachlan Area Suicide Prevention Network (LASPN) is holding its annual general meeting next Wednesday, July 3, and is calling for membership.

Interested community members and organisations are invited to attend the meeting at the Uniting Church from 6pm to learn more about the local suicide prevention project.

Chair Ross Bailey said suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.

"For each death by suicide an estimated 30 people attempt to take their own lives," Ross said.

"That is more than 65,000 suicide attempts each year.

"One death by suicide is too many and we, as a small band of dedicated people, are trying to reverse the trend in the Lachlan area, however we can't do this on our own and we need help."

The Lachlan Area Suicide Prevention Network is supported by Wesley Life Force and has a membership of around 12 people.

"We do what we can but we are struggling to get suicide prevention information out to the wider community," Ross said.

"We would love for community members to attend our AGM to find out how they can help us break down the stigma around mental illness and suicide.

"Local suicide prevention networks are one of the most effective ways to support rural and regional communities by raising awareness."

LASPN committee positions of Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chairperson and Assistant Secretary will be made vacant at the start of the AGM

Ross said community support is vital to the continuation of the LASPN.