Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, this is an opportunity to talk about suicide and collectively shine a light on suicide in Australia.
Please watch our CCNB Suicide Prevention video
In 2017, 3128 Australians took their life, which equates to eight suicides a day. We can all work together to prevent suicide, raise awareness and encourage conversations. Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. We can all make a difference by having conversations about life’s ups and downs, listening and reaching out to support and care.
Let’s talk about suicide
You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.
You don’t need to be a clinician, a GP, or a nurse to check-in with someone you are worried about.
Trust your instincts and access suicide prevention resources to assist you in having the discussion.
Some resources include:
You Can Talk – https://www.lifeinmindaustralia.com.au/youcantalk
Beyond Blue – https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/suicide-prevention/worried-about-someone-suicidal/having-a-conversation-with-someone-you’re-worried-about
Suicide Call Back Service – https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/resource/discussing-suicide-how-to-talk-to-somebody-about-suicide/
It is better to reach out than avoid the person for fear of getting the conversation wrong. Experts generally agree that asking someone whether they are thinking about suicide is unlikely to make the situation worse or ‘put ideas in their head’.
By acting as ‘eyes and ears’ and reaching out to anyone who’s going through a tough time we can show them they’re supported and encourage them to access help sooner.
Some conversations can be too big for friends and family. If you’re worried about someone and feel they need professional support, encourage them to connect with a trusted health professional like their GP or any of the organisations listed below.
Most people don’t want to die, they just want their pain to stop.
CCNB’s The Seasons Program, is a Suicide Prevention, Recovery & Postvention program commissioned by the Sydney Northern Primary Health Network. The program exists to support any person living in the Northern Sydney Region who has attempted suicide.The evidence suggests that people are most at risk immediately following an initial suicide attempt. The Seasons Program has been designed to engage with a person in the first 12 weeks following an attempted suicide. Our focus is to help coordinate support and ensure ongoing safety whilst the person is on their recovery journey.
To find our more information call 1300 002 262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Support is available by calling any of these organisations:
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Lifeline: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
Mensline: 1300 789 978 www.mensline.org.au
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 www.kidshelpline.com.au