City of Rockingham ‘proud to play a role’ after work with mental health program recognised at WA Honour Awards

Telissa RyderSound Telegraph
City of Rockingham’s Mary-Jane Rigby with Katie Berry from Youth Centre and Anglicare’s Caroline de le Harpe.
Camera IconCity of Rockingham’s Mary-Jane Rigby with Katie Berry from Youth Centre and Anglicare’s Caroline de le Harpe. Credit: City of Rockingham

The City of Rockingham’s work with a local mental health initiative has been recognised through a major accolade at the Local Government Professionals WA Honour Awards.

Hosted at Crown Perth on November 2, the annual awards awarded the Peel and Rockingham-Kwinana Region (PaRK) suicide prevention Community Group Response (CGR) the Partnerships and Collaboration award for communities in excess of 15,000.

The award recognised the effectiveness and positive outcomes PaRK CRG had achieved in the community since its inception in 2016.

It comprises of more than 35 different organisations including five local governments, various State Government agencies and community service providers.

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City of Rockingham mayor Deb Hamblin said the award was a “ringing endorsement” for the collaborative efforts all agencies had dedicated to the PaRK CRG.

“A key aspiration in the city’s Strategic Community Plan is to grow and nurture community connectedness and wellbeing, and our involvement in the PaRK CRG is integral to fulfilling this,” she said.

“Addressing suicide and mental health issues in the community are very complex matters that require expertise from a wide range of stakeholders.

“The City has a strong commitment and dedication to community mental health awareness, prevention and early intervention, and we are proud to play a key role in supporting the PaRK CRG alongside a number of other agencies.”

Anglicare WA is one of the lead agencies in the PaRK CRG and service manager Jennifer Murphy said the organisation was proud to be part of a coalition actively supporting communities affected by suicide.

“The research shows that a co-ordinated and timely response can reduce the risk of negative long-term health and wellbeing outcomes for those left behind,” she said.

“Anglicare WA is committed to continuing to work in partnership with the City of Rockingham and the other members of the PaRK CRG in mobilising supports for community members affected by suicide.”

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