AT 4.30AM on Wednesday, January 11 the Wonthaggi Police and Kernot Fire Brigade were called out to a car on fire at the Wayside Stop on the Loch-Wonthaggi Road in Krowera.
A man was transported to a burns unit in a distressed state.
He told a woman who was helping him, by pouring water on his burns, that what she was witnessing was a failed suicide attempt.
At this time of year people are particularly vulnerable and they can feel very lonely if there is no family support.
Facts relevant to suicide prevention in Bass Coast:
• Mental health is a leading cause of disability across Gipspland
• 15.4% of adults in Bass Coast experience high or very high psychosocial distress. This is high compared to Victoria 12.6%.
• Gippsland has a high rate of premature deaths due to suicide and self-inflicted injuries.
Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) CEO, Ms Marianne Shearer, made the following comment.
“A round table discussion was held in December 2016 with Bass Coast Shire and with health, community and emergency service providers with the aim to work out how best to work with, and work through our communities to reach individual people where they need help in their different circumstances.
“The additional funding that was announced in December specifically for Bass Coast will aid in delivering the local community-based suicide prevention strategy that is currently being put in place.
Further help can be found through The Ripple Effect (STRIDE Project) – Help us beat rural suicide:  https://therippleeffect.com.au/
The Ripple Effect is an online intervention designed to investigate what works to reduce the self-stigma (negative attitudes you have towards yourself) and perceived-stigma (negative attitudes you believe others have about you) among males from the farming community, aged 30-64 years, who have been bereaved by suicide, attempted suicide, cared for someone who attempted suicide, have had thoughts of suicide, or been touched by suicide in some other way.
If you or someone you know needs support, call Lifeline on 131114 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.