BRINGING SUICIDE ‘OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND INTO THE LIGHT’
Release date: 26 August 2014
Coinciding with World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2014, thousands of Australians will soon gather around the country to participate in Lifeline’s Out of the Shadows and Into the Light walks.
“Campaigns like ‘Out of the Shadows’ encourage people to talk about suicide, learn about suicide prevention and connect with each other to save lives,” said John Brogden, Lifeline Chairman.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged between 15 and 44 in this country and tragically, almost seven people are lost to suicide every day.
“We think we shouldn’t talk about mental health or suicide, because of stigma and fear. In fact, the reverse is true.
“Reaching out to someone in distress shows you care. Not talking about suicide and mental health can send the message that a person is not cared about or that there is no way through their issues and concerns,” said John Brogden.
Lifeline encourages all Australians to join a local Out of the Shadows walk and stand united against death by suicide.
“Lifeline's Out of the Shadows walks allow for people of all ages to come together and support each other.
“As someone who has survived a suicide attempt, this is a great opportunity for the darkness and stigma around this issue to be broken, so that people can feel comfortable enough to admit they are struggling - and get the help they need before it's too late," said Becks, mental health advocate and Lifeline Ambassador.
We encourage you to join a walk and start talking about suicide. For more information, visit www.outoftheshadows.org.au
In the last year, Lifeline received over 750,000 calls from Australians in crisis. But we rely on the generosity of the community to continue our life saving work – please make a donation at www.outoftheshadows.org.au
For further information or comment contact [email protected] or 0408 407 376.
For 24 hour crisis support call 13 11 14 (pronounced thirteen, eleven, fourteen).
Online crisis support chat is also available every night from 8pm (AEST) www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp