Comments in response to today's AIHW report
Release date: 3 December 2014
Suicide remains a major issue for Australia with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report today highlighting that over time the numbers of deaths – and the rates in middle age males – have not declined.
“What we see today are very sad numbers in the battle against suicide,” said Lifeline Australia CEO, Jane Hayden.
“Behind each suicide statistic are real people facing loss and distress.
“Lifeline believes that most suicides can be prevented and supports a whole-of-community approach.
“Everyone plays a role in preventing suicide.
“Lifeline encourages people to talk about suicide, learn about suicide prevention and connect with each other to save lives.
“If you think someone might be suicidal, please take the time to connect and listen to them – this shows you care.
“Ask them directly, “Are you thinking about suicide?” - and encourage them to get help by calling or chatting to Lifeline.
“We urge anyone having trouble coping over this festive season to contact Lifeline on
13 11 14 or connect with us online at www.lifeline.org.au.
“We’re available all day, every day of the year including Christmas Day and throughout the entire holiday period.
“Lifeline also has a range of resources available to help people begin to understand suicide and what they can do to help prevent it. For more information, visit www.lifeline.org.au/preventsuicide.”
For further information or comment contact [email protected] or 0408 407 376.
The AIHW report can be found at http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129549729