Recently a new suicide prevention program - the Way Back Support Service - was officially launched recently in Wagga Wagga by the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network.

While the launch was marked with speeches and a splendid cake, suicide has been a worrying issue in this part of New South Wales.

The Murrumbidgee region had about 15 suicides per 100,000 people in 2015, compared to the NSW figure of about 10 per 100,000. That figure was statistically even higher in the Aboriginal community, and for young Aboriginal men in particular.

That’s 33 lives lost in 2015 alone, according to Health Stats NSW.

Wellways has been brought in to deliver the program to communities in the region. It provides practical tools for individuals and families to use in the critical three months after a suicide attempt.

Also under the Murrumbidgee Suicide Prevention Program, Wellways is providing a suite of tools through our Creating Suicide Safe Communities. With this program we are helping build resilient, supported families and communities and giving them strategies to attack this troubling issue.