27 Aug Suicide Prevention Week: Imagine a world without suicide
About 3,000 Australians end their lives each year – about eight people a day.
Suicide is the third leading cause of premature death from injury or disease, and the main cause of death among people aged 15 to 49.
September 9 – 16 is Suicide Prevention Week, and local not-for-profit Rides4Lives Australia Inc., in conjunction with a host of community organisations, is offering a packed week of free events for Gladstone Region residents to take part in.
Rides4Lives President Mark Brookes said the events were important because they “educate, bring about awareness and understanding, allow for social connection, joy and hope, and honour the loved ones we have lost”.
“Some people find it hard to open up about suicide, but any conversation can be difficult if we don’t allow ourselves to be open to understanding the topic,” he said.
“The more we talk about it, the more understanding and awareness we can have around suicide, the more the stigma is greatly reduced.”
Mark said education, communication and support services were all essential in assisting with suicide prevention.
“Removing the stigma around suicide is important,” he said.
“A person with thoughts of suicide should not be judged, silenced, shamed or treated wrongly.
“People need to openly talk about suicide with those suffering with suicidal thoughts; be prepared to have courageous conversations.”
Learning the warning signs is also key.
“The most common question around suicide is how can I tell if a person is suicidal,” Mark said.
“By getting to know the warning signs, including isolating oneself or perceiving oneself as a burden, we can be more aware.
“By being more aware we can ask more questions, and intervene when someone needs our help.
“You can learn these skills through training such as our safeTALK and ASIST, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.”
Gladstone’s Suicide Prevention Week is presented in conjunction with Strong Communities, StandBy Support, Port Curtis Rotary’s Project We Care, Gladstone Suicide Bereavement Support Group and Gladstone Region Awareness & Suicide Prevention.
Visit www.ride4lives.org for all the details on Suicide Prevention Week activities.
Where to get help now
- In an emergency call 000
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
- Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
Suicide Prevention Week Activities
- September 9 – R U Ok Day?
- September 10 – Man Walk
- September 11 – Family Fun Day/ Bereavement Cruise
- September 12 – Out of the Shadows Walk
- September 13 – Grief, Loss & Change Workshop
- September 14 – Bereavement Workshop
- September 15 – Fear, Frustration & Anger – Men’s Workshop
- September 16 – Project We Care’s safeTALK