Gap signs to help prevent suicide

Toby HusseyAlbany Advertiser
The Gap.
Camera IconThe Gap. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Suicide hotline signs could soon be installed along Frenchman Bay Road leading to The Gap.

Lifeline WA general manager Kyn Cowper last week confirmed three signs would be manufactured, which would urge people at risk of suicide to call the organisation’s helpline.

If approved by the City, they will be placed near the Hanrahan Road intersection; about one-third along the road on the way to The Gap; and at the turn-off.

Mr Cowper said the priority phone number would allow callers to “jump the queue” and connect with a Lifeline counsellor almost immediately.

The signs are part of a broader plan to increase suicide prevention measures at The Gap, which is a major tourist attraction. Also proposed was a security camera at the site, which could identify people at risk of suicide and help police with missing person investigations.

But that proposal will not proceed until a nearby mobile tower at Cave Point is built and underground power is installed in the area.

Last week it was reported that the construction of the mobile tower was unlikely to start before 2020.

The plans have been developed between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, WA Police, and the City of Albany.

A DBCA spokesperson said the department was determining “an appropriate camera to meet the necessary technical and siting issues” at the site.

“Parks and Wildlife Service is working with police and community organisations to identify ways in which we may be able to assist people in crisis to seek support,” the spokesperson said.

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