Lifeline's message this World Suicide Prevention Day: You can help prevent suicide
On World Suicide Prevention Day 2015 Lifeline Australia is encouraging people across the country to share a three-step guide to help create more resilient and suicide-safe communities.
Lifeline Australia Chairman John Brogden said the guide is built on the national charity’s strong belief that the offer of help can save a life, advising Australians to ‘ask’, ‘stay and listen’, and ‘get help’. (Download the guide here).
“Lifeline’s 52-year history of saving lives proves a compassionate ear can be the most important gift someone can give to people in their darkest moments,” Mr Brogden said.
“As such, it’s vital that all Australians know how to support friends, colleagues and loved ones who may be at risk of suicide, and this starts by asking the question: ‘are you thinking about suicide?’.
“Ask directly and unambiguously – it shows you care and will actually decrease their risk because it shows someone is willing to talk about it.”
The guide also outlines the importance of listening to someone who says they are suicidal, allowing them to express their feelings and helping them get the right support.
This message is also being shared today at a number of Out of the Shadows and into the Light community walks across Australia, with thousands of people offering support and hope to others touched by mental illness and suicide.
“These community walks are an opportunity for people to come together in a proactive and positive way. It’s important for the community to confront these issues head on and not give in to the fear and stigma around them,” Mr Brogden said.
“Events like Out of the Shadows are important for encouraging a conversation around suicide, raising awareness and funds for Lifeline’s 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services in the process.”
For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.