Karratha women rally to boost mental health profile

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Sarah Jean Nilen and Frankie Gobel wanted to raise awaness of suicide in the Pilbara.
Camera IconSarah Jean Nilen and Frankie Gobel wanted to raise awaness of suicide in the Pilbara. Credit: Shannon Beattie

Two friends in Karratha have rallied together in a show of support for those affected by mental health issues.

Frankie Gobel and Sarah Jean Nilen painted a tree on Dampier Highway blue and put up a sign in response to six suicides across the Pilbara in December.

Ms Gobel said she was suffering from anxiety before the Christmas break and she was shocked so many people took their lives so close to each other.

“It hit me hard in the guts learning what had happened in our region over what’s meant to be an enjoyable time,” she said.

“I really think as a community we need to come together and rally behind mental health.

“It can be a silent killer, we just never really know what someone is going through.”

Frankie Gobel and Sarah Jean Nilen wanted to raise awaness of suicide in the Pilbara.
Camera IconFrankie Gobel and Sarah Jean Nilen wanted to raise awaness of suicide in the Pilbara. Credit: Shannon Beattie/Shannon Beattie

Ms Nilen said they just wanted to make it known that you matter and your life matters.

“Spread the love and talk to people that you may not know,” she said.

“Make it known that everyone is fighting their own battles, we are all on this Earth together.”

The women have been asked by the City of Karratha to take the sign down and remove the paint because it violates State Government legislation.

However officers are working with the women to provide support for advocacy and action to promote mental wellbeing within the community.

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