Funding for Noosa's bereaved



A NOOSA support system to help people affected by suicide has received a $1.25 million boost to help grieving family and friends.

United Synergies, based in Tewantin, has received funding to not only keep its own StandBy program going, but to establish new centres in Canberra, Cairns and north Brisbane.

US general manager Sue Scheinpflug was delighted by the three-year boost secured from the Federal Government.

Ms Scheinpflug said there was a special significance to the fact that a service developed to help local surviving victims of suicide was now about to go national.

She said in the four years since it started, more than 200 people have been given StandBy support.

"We are grateful to the financial support we get from the Federal Government but also from the people we help who often make donations to help keep this going," Ms Scheinpflug said.

Fairfax MP Alex Somlyay said the funds injection was part of $23.5 million government backing for suicide prevention projects throughout Australia.

"Every life is precious, and every life lost through suicide is a tragedy," Mr Somlyay said.

"I congratulate United Synergies on being successful with this program, which supports the Sunshine Coast and Cooloola communities.

"According to a report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 2000 Australians took their own life in 2004.

"While this represents a significant decrease in the number of suicides since a peak of 2720 in 1997, I believe that this is still too many suicide deaths.

"There is no single answer to preventing suicide, which is why we need to find local solutions to local problems."


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