LIFELINE WELCOMES GLOBAL REPORT ON SUICIDE PREVENTION
Release date: 8 September 2014
Globally, over 800,000 people die from suicide every year, and it is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year olds. In Australia, seven people will die from suicide today.
Lifeline commends the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, on the first international report on suicide prevention.
Lifeline believes that most suicide can be prevented and supports a whole-of-community approach, in which everyone plays a role in preventing suicide.
“Suicide prevention is indeed a global priority. It is not acceptable that an estimated 810,000 people die each year, worldwide, by suicide. This report brings international attention to the importance of strategic, and collaborative, suicide prevention activities,” said John Brogden, Chairman Lifeline Australia.
Lifeline was pleased to see the WHO report explicitly refers to crisis lines and crisis support services, such as Lifeline’s Online Crisis Support Chat, as useful services often found in national suicide prevention strategies.
Research on crisis lines has established they can be very effective in reducing suicidal thoughts and assisting people to cope with crisis. Lifeline’s national crisis line, 13 11 14, answered a record 730,000 calls in the last financial year; suicide was discussed in 40 per cent of crisis calls.
With World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2014, Lifeline encourages any Australian struggling with a personal crisis to call 13 11 14 (24/7) or visit the Lifeline Online Crisis Support Chat Service, available each evening from 8pm (AEST).
“Too many people are dying from suicide in Australia, over 2,500 each year. If you think someone might be suicidal, take the time to connect and listen to them – this shows you care. Ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide, and encourage them to get help by calling or chatting to Lifeline,” said John Brogden.
Reducing stigma and increasing suicide awareness also play a critical role in suicide prevention.
Lifeline 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.
Lifeline looks forward to working closely with the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, our sector partners and the government to broaden our response to suicide prevention, and ensure a more collaborative effort is taken.
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/get-help
Please read the WHO report at https://www.lifeline.org.au/About-Lifeline/Publications-Library#research_reports
For information about the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) visit http://www.griffith.edu.au/health/australian-institute-suicide-research-prevention