World Suicide Prevention Day is organised by The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) on the 10th of September every year. The event aims to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.
A global challenge
Around the world, suicide remains one of the top twenty causes of death for people of all ages. According to Lifeline, over 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt each year, with suicide being the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44. Effective prevention methods are crucial for reducing the impact of suicide.
IASP suggests that suicide prevention strategies are most effective when they work across individual, systems and community levels, incorporating multiple forms of interventions. This means that interventions should include both social and policy reforms, and care delivered at an individual level. Everyone can help with suicide prevention, and it starts with raising awareness. Educate yourself and others around you about the warning signs and show empathy for community members who may be at risk.
Breaking the stigma
Suicide is not often publicly discussed, due to strong negative associations around mental health. This stigma is born from misunderstanding, ignorance and fear from the public. One important way to target this is to share experiences. People affected by suicide have unique insight that is invaluable for creating effective suicide prevention measures and influencing the provision of support to those in need.
Concerned about the wellbeing of someone close to you?
Contact CCNB about our suicide prevention, recovery and postvention program, The Seasons Program. This program supports those who have attempted suicide through emotional, clinical and practical care.
Anybody over 12 years of age, who has had a recent suicide attempt can access the program if they live in the Northern Sydney Region.
A referral can be made by anybody at any time, including:
• Individuals, family members or carers
• Clinical Practitioner (private and public)
This Program is not designed for people in acute crisis. In cases of emergency, contact 000
Call CCNB friendly Care Navigator on 1300 002 262 to refer or find out more information.