Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of It Get’s Better Australia, Jamison Parker says the anti-suicide prevention scheme that launched last year is now ready to take donations to build its services.
The project has now been officially registered as a charity body across Australia and is looking to build its range of services to include counseling services, community education programs in both the metropolitan and regional areas.
Speaking to OUTinPerth Parker gaver an overview of the organisations future plans,
‘We plan on promoting the activities through GPs and health services, having our own trained councillors, community education, general education campaigns and materials, we want to get into the schools and into remote locations – because the issue is very relevant in the cities but its something that’s not touched on when you go in to remote areas’
While Parker doesn’t rule out working with more established organisations he highlights that It Get’s Better is fundamentally different to other organisations tackling the issue of suicide prevention from a media and publicity point of view rather a health promotion perspective.
‘Something that works in our favour especially is that there are already a lot of esablished organisations that have a reputation that has been tarnished by them focussing on other things or from a publicists point of view – they’ve just gone stagnent.’
For more information on It Get’s Better Australia head to www.itgetsbetter.org.au
Reader requiring assistance can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or contact the Gay and Lesbian Counseling Service at www.glccs.org.au