Kumpa Kiira (Healing Place) Services Now Available
Member for Murray, Adrian Piccoli today announced community members can now access much-needed support services from the Three Rivers Suicide Prevention project also known as Kumpa Kiira (Healing Place).
Mr Piccoli said this $796,000 NSW Government investment will provide essential grief and support services to the Wentworth-Balranald region, especially those in our Aboriginal communities.
“One of the most important factors of this vital Balranald Shire service is that it was developed by the local community that it will serve,” Mr Piccoli said.
“The Kumpa Kirra project addresses crucial gaps in the region, with a particular focus on Aboriginal people at risk of suicide. It will also deliver health promotion services aimed at young people and elders in the local community.”
“In addition, support and training will be provided through the program to local GPs to better identify and respond to mental health issues.”
Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation spokesperson, Summer Hunt said although the program is Aboriginal focused, it will have the potential to serve the entire community through connections with schools in the Wentworth and Balranald Shires.
“This service will not only help our community deal with grief and loss, it will build our capacity to prevent suicide through education, identification and early intervention,” Ms Hunt said.
Minister for Mental Health, Tanya Davies, said this is one of many projects supported by the NSW Government’s Suicide Prevention Fund which helps non-government organisations support their local communities.
“The fund is one of many NSW Government initiatives aimed at lowering the rate of suicide. It is a key part of our decade-long whole-of-government enhancement of mental health care,” Mrs Davies said.
Funding for each project will be provided over four years and was awarded under an open, competitive tender process, evaluated by an expert panel.
If you or someone you know needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.