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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1102 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 November 2018 by Hon Nick Goiran

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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1102. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Mental Health:

I refer to the workshop held in Karrinyup on 2 November 2018 by Exit International in which suicide techniques were to be detailed.

(1) Was the minister or any of the minister's staff aware of this workshop?

(2) Has the minister or any of the minister's staff been briefed by the Mental Health Commissioner about the implications of such a workshop being held in our state?

(3) Does the government's suicide prevention strategy include a strategy to counter the dangerous messages emanating from such workshops?

(4) If yes to (3), what is that strategy?

(5) If no to (3), will the minister undertake to seek advice from the Mental Health Commission about developing such a strategy?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) No.

(3) No; however, action area 1 in the suicide prevention strategy involves a communications strategy, Think Mental Health, which is aimed at increasing public awareness, identifying issues, highlighting available services and encouraging positive steps to seeking help. The statewide campaign Think Mental Health aims to build community mental health and wellbeing and reduce mental health issues, as well as increase mental health literacy in Western Australia.

(4) Not applicable.

(5) Yes, the minister will ask the Mental Health Commission for advice.