MATES FOR MATES: Whitsunday Bald Eagles president and Walk a Mile in Their Shoes organiser Jack Lumby and Tas Taylor are drumming up support for their Whitsunday Mates Looking After Mates suicide prevention program.
MATES FOR MATES: Whitsunday Bald Eagles president and Walk a Mile in Their Shoes organiser Jack Lumby and Tas Taylor are drumming up support for their Whitsunday Mates Looking After Mates suicide prevention program.

Looking out for friends

NOMINATIONS are now open for the first of a series of suicide prevention training courses, which will take place in May.

The courses are being organised by Whitsunday Bald Eagles president Jack Lumby.

Mr Lumby said he was moved to action after witnessing the aftermath of suicide first-hand.

The training will give participants the tools to identify at-risk people and provide them with a course of action.

"It's community training on things that friends can pick up on, whether it's a person's characteristics, their speech, their mannerisms, those sorts of things," he said.

In December, Mr Lumby led the charge on suicide prevention with the Mile in Their Shoes campaign, raising money and urging Whitsunday residents to keep an eye out for their loved ones.

Now that money is being funnelled back into a community-based suicide prevention program called Whitsunday Mates Looking Out For Mates.

The courses will start next month and people interested in making a difference will be able to nominate on the Mile in Their Shoes Facebook page.

The training will be provided by the Grapevine group under the banner of "safe talk" and hosted locally.

"We are aiming for at least 100 locals in our region to take up the challenge to be there for our friends and families," Mr Lumby said.

"This is about mates looking after mates."

To participate, head to Facebook and search for A Mile in Their Shoes or phone Mr Lumby on 0417 628 939.

If you or someone you know has been affected by issues raised in this article, phone beyondblue on 1300 224 636.


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