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Media Release by The Hon Mal Brough MP

Further support for men and families

The success of an E-Learning tool to assist organisations working with men at risk of suicide has prompted the Government to expand distribution of the package.

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, said the Men at Risk of Suicide E-Learning Tool helps Family Relationship Services Program (FRSP) providers identify men at risk from suicide as a result of relationship breakdown.

"The breakdown of a relationship is hard on everyone involved; men, women, children and extended family and friends," Minister Brough said.

"The risk of male suicide is heightened by relationship breakdown, and this E-Learning Tool provides valuable information to those agencies and organisations working with men in this position.

"It will help organisations identify men at risk of suicide and, we hope, help reduce the incidence of suicide and the consequent tragic effects on family and friends.

"Given recent media reports pointing to young men being at a higher risk of suicide, it is timely that this programme has been extended now."

The Men at Risk of Suicide E-Learning Tool was developed by Crisis Support Services and funded by the Coalition Government.

"The E-Learning Tool has proved very worthwhile and due to demand, a further 250 will be distributed to more than 50 organisations across Australia," Minister Brough said.

"The E-Learning Tool will be sent to local branches of organisations such as Anglicare, Centacare, Family Mediation Centres and Relationships Australia, among others who are funded under the Government’s FRSP.

"This is a program targeted at those working directly with men at risk of suicide and provides a framework for effectively responding to this crisis situation.

"The further distribution of this valuable resource is part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to helping men at risk as a result of relationship breakdown."

The Family Relationship Services Program funds a range of family support services, from intervention services to post separation services. They are located in every State and Territory and in a range of metropolitan, rural and regional locations.

Further information can be obtained by calling the Family Relationship Advice Line on 1800 050 321 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am and 4pm Saturdays (except national public holidays), or by visiting Family Relationship Online.

Distribution List

Family Relationship Services Program Funded Organisations Location
NEW SOUTH WALES
Anglican Counselling Service – Diocese of Armidale TAMWORTH NSW
Anglicare Diocese of Sydney PARRAMATTA, NSW
Centacare (Wilcannia-Forbes) Forbes NSW
Centacare Broken Bay WAITARA NSW
Centacare Sydney Sydney NSW
Centacare Wagga Wagga Wagga Wagga NSW
Centacare Wollongong Wollongong NSW
Interrelate (Family Life Movement of Australia, NSW) BURWOOD NSW
Lifecare:  Counselling and Family Services BANKSTOWN NSW
Relationships Australia (NSW) LANE COVE NSW
UnitingCare Burnside NORTH PARRAMATTA NSW 2151
UnitingCare Unifam Counselling and Mediation PARRAMATTA NSW 2150
Family Life Movement of Australia Lismore NSW
Resilient Families Group Penrith, NSW
Eastern Access Community Health Inc. Ringwood NSW
Sutherland Interaction Family Services Caringbah, NSW
Resilient Families Group Wollongong, NSW
Dads in Distress Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
VICTORIA
Anglicare Victoria WEST MELBOURNE
Centacare Ballarat Ballarat VIC
Centacare Diocese of Sandhurst Bendigo VIC
Centacare Melbourne EAST MELBOURNE VIC
Family Mediation Centre MOORABBIN VIC
LifeWorks Relationship & Education Services MELBOURNE VIC
Relationships Australia (Victoria) Inc HAWTHORN EAST VIC
Southern Family Life Service Association Inc. Frankston, VIC
Mallee Family Centre Inc. Mildura, VIC
Relationships Australia (Victoria) Incorporated (Brimwest Consortium) Sunshine, VIC
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Anglicare WA Inc EAST PERTH WA
Relationships Australia (Western Australia) Inc WEST LEEDERVILLE WA 6007
Anglicare WA Inc – Northern Metropolitan Family Services Consortium Joondalup, WA
Shared Parenting Council Bunbury WA 6231
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie Inc/Centacare Port Pirie WHYALLA SA
Centacare Adelaide Adelaide SA 5000
Relationships Australia (SA) Inc Adelaide SA
Northern Family Connections Elizabeth, SA
QUEENSLAND
Centacare Brisbane ‘FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD
Centacare Central Queensland, Rockhampton ‘ROCKHAMPTON QLD
Centacare Toowoomba ‘TOOWOOMBA QLD
Centacare Townsville Cranbrook QLD
Community Care Inc MANSFIELD QLD
Relationships Australia (QLD) EIGHT MILE PLAINS QLD
Relationships Australia (QLD) Strathpine QLD
Roman Catholic Trust Corporation for the Diocese of Townsville Aitkenvale, Qld
TASMANIA
Anglicare Tasmania Inc Hobart TAS
Relationships Australia, Tasmania NEW TOWN TAS 7008
Hobart Family Relationship Centre Consortium Hobart, TAS
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Relationships Australia NT & Anglicare NT Consortium Darwin, NT
ACT
Centacare Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn Manuka ACT
Canberra & Region Family Relationship Centre and Early Intervention Services consortium Woden ACT
Lone Fathers Association Evatt ACT 2617