Joint approach to reduce suicide

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A charter was signed and new Mid Canterbury Suicide Prevention/ Postvention Network was launched on Tuesday.

Representatives from social, health and other community agencies and groups came together on Tuesday to sign a charter and to launch the Mid Canterbury Suicide Prevention/Postvention Network.
The charter commits agencies to working together on promoting wellbeing and resilience and ultimately on reducing the incidence of suicide in the district.
Following the charter signing, a workshop was held to discuss collaborative projects for inclusion in a district suicide prevention and postvention strategy and action plan.
Representatives from the new network will meet quarterly to review progress with achieving the plan.
A new suicide prevention initiative called Lives Worth Living was launched in Mid Canterbury last October.
It is co-ordinated by Connie Quigley and Pup Chamberlain and run through Safer Mid Canterbury.
Mr Chamberlain says suicide can be a difficult issue to address, especially in rural communities which do not enjoy ready access to the specialist services and educational opportunities available in larger centres.
Speaking on the newly formed network, he said agencies working together and applying their collective knowledge and skills to respond to this very important community issue would have more impact than agencies working alone.
The establishment of the network and signing of the charter was a great beginning on our journey towards greater community wellbeing and resiliency, and, ultimately, the reduction of the incidence of suicide in Mid Canterbury.