The elderly and people with disabilities will be welcomed by their local community on Saturday, as a second day of drug-related events and social gatherings are planned.
The first weekend of events in South Australia is the start of a new campaign to encourage more people to take anti-depressants, which have been shown to reduce the risk of suicide and depression.
“We’ve seen an increase in people taking anti-anxiety drugs and I think that’s been a real positive,” SA Health Minister Dr Ian Macdonald said.
“If we can get more people taking these things, I think the impact is going to be greater.”
More than 500 people are expected to attend the first-ever National Suicide Prevention Week, which begins on Saturday.
Dr Macdonald’s comments come after more than 500 drug users from around the country were found dead at a South Australian funeral home in the past week.
The coronavirus crisis is a national public health emergency.
More than 8,000 coronaviruses are circulating around the world.
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