Evaluation of suicide prevention activities

REAL4Mii Pilbara

Page last updated: January 2014

1. Project Profile

Project Name(s)REAL4Mii Pilbara
(previously referred to as Real engagement and linking for Men in industry (REAL4Mii) )
Funded OrganisationOz Help Ltd WA
Geographical AreaLocal
State/TerritoryWestern Australia
Approach(es)Universal and Selected
Individual/GroupIndividual and Group
LIFE Action Areas
  • Improving the evidence base and understanding of suicide prevention
  • Building individual resilience and the capacity for self-help
  • Improving community strength, resilience and capacity in suicide prevention
  • Taking a coordinated approach to suicide prevention
  • Providing targeted suicide prevention activities
  • Implementing standards and quality in suicide prevention
Target Groups
  • Men
  • Youth
  • Rural and remote communities
  • Workforce
  • People affected by workforce redundancies

2. Project Description

In 2002, The OzHelp Foundation commenced its pilot operations as a support based Suicide Prevention service in Canberra following the tragic death of three young apprentices in the building and Construction Industry within a six month period in the year 2000. Through the determined lobbying of one of the apprentice’s mothers, the Industry recognised the need to provide greater support to their apprentices. This initiated the foundation establishing an industry embedded proactive field based workplace service to support apprentices, workers and families struggling with life demands, personal issues and work related difficulties that led to some individuals finding themselves at risk of suicide.

This model became quickly recognised and adopted by Industry for its innovative approach and, in 2006, was funded under the NSPS to commence operations in the Pilbara region. The aims and objectives for this project were developed to put capacity building services on the ground in the Pilbara region to support the Building, Construction and Mining Industries. The aims were to raise awareness about suicide, build referral pathways for support, and provide training services for local construction and community organisations to help build local capacity in supporting the local industry.

3. Activities

  • Deploy and train appropriate staff to coordinate and deliver REAL4Mii in the Pilbara region
  • Network with building, construction and mining industry stakeholders and health services and support organisations in the Pilbara region with the view of developing formal agreements and working relationships to facilitate delivery of the Project
  • Build strong relationships between OzHelp and individual workers, industry employers, and the community so that OzHelp becomes a trusted initial and on-going point of contact
  • Establish referral protocols and service agreements with health services and support providers in the Pilbara region
  • Analyse needs of workers in the building, construction and mining industries including Indigenous workers to target and select appropriate OzHelp resources and modifications, if any, required
  • Conduct mental health and suicide awareness raising workshops for the target audience across the Pilbara region
  • Identify suitable mentors from within industries to receive and participate in additional training to support help seeking behaviour
  • Use field worker support visits and mentoring networks to identify workers at risk to facilitate access to support services Top of page

4. Funding

  • Round 1
    • NSPP funding
      • 2006/07 - not applicable
      • 2007/08 - not applicable
      • 2008/09 - $348,800
    • % project funding - not applicable
  • Round 2
    • NSPP funding
      • 2009/10 - $635,000
      • 2010/11 - $90,000
    • % project funding - 100%
  • Round 3
    • NSPP funding
      • 2011/12 - $369,025
      • 2012/13 - $349,621
    • % project funding - 100%

5. Staffing

  • Round 1 (2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09)
    • Number staff positions funded (FTE) - not applicable
    • Number staff positions filled (FTE) - not applicable
  • Round 2 (2009/10, 2010/11)
    • Number staff positions funded (FTE) - 2
    • Number staff positions filled (FTE) - 3
  • Round 3 (2011/12, 2012/13)
    • Number staff positions funded (FTE) - 2
    • Number staff positions filled (FTE) - 2