In the lead up to this year’s R U OK Day, GFG Alliance Chairman Sanjeev Gupta is encouraging the Whyalla community to recognise the vital difference that a simple question can make for those struggling with life.
He is also urging locals to undertake free online suicide prevention training which will see them become part of a protective factor for the community.
Mr Gupta said the mental health of his workforce – and the entire community – was of utmost importance.
“Within the GFG Alliance, we consider all of our employees to be part of our family, and we look after them like members of our family,” he said.
“I also consider the Whyalla community to be my extended family, so it’s vital we make the health of the entire community a priority.”
In May 2018, Country SA PHN announced it was offering free suicide prevention training as part of the largest scale community capacity building strategy ever seen in regional South Australia.
The Question Persuade Refer (QPR) training is designed to provide everyday people with three simple steps to help save a life from suicide.
It can be done by everyone within the community, from individuals to sporting groups, local businesses and beyond.
“Mental health awareness plays a critical role in the success of any business and community, so this program has the opportunity to have a profound impact in Whyalla if a large number of people participate,” Mr Gupta said.
“I would therefore encourage all of our employees and all Whyalla residents to undertake this simple yet effective training.”
The QPR training has been offered for free to those living within the National Suicide Prevention Trial region, which includes Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, the Yorke Peninsula and towns in between.
Country SA PHN Chief Executive Kim Hosking said the QPR training offer followed a Country SA PHN survey which found that 68% of country South Australians wanted additional training and upskilling opportunities in suicide prevention.
“R U OK Day is an engaging and effective day of action which is all about inspiring people to start simple conversations which can help to save a life,” he said.
“The Whyalla community has an opportunity to take that intent one step further, by undertaking the QPR training.”
Anyone interested in accessing QPR training can use the free code CSA to login at www.countrysaphn.com.au.