You can make a difference by participating in Lifeline’s Out of the Shadows – national suicide prevention walks held to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10 every year.
Join us as we walk to raise awareness, remember those lost to suicide and unite in a commitment to prevent further deaths by suicide.
Get involved by joining a walk or organising a walk in your local community.
World Suicide Prevention Day
The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds.
Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. In Australia more than 2500 people die each year with latest figures (2014) telling us that 2,864 Australians took their own life.
Research also tells us that some 65,000 think about attempting suicide each year.
The tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life, as well as those struggling to manage suicidal ideation.
‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’ is the theme of the 2018 World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September).
This theme was chosen internationally as it highlights the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention- collaboration. We all have a role to play and together we can collectively address the challenges presented by suicidal behaviour in society today.
On September 10th, join with us and many others across the world who are playing their part in the prevention of suicide.
This year’s WSPD theme also complements the efforts of everyone’s friends on R U OK? Day (13 September) who support taking time to notice what’s going on with your family, friends and colleagues – and yourself. It is about taking time to have have those conversation when you notice something has changed and equipping yourself to help yourself and others.
If you, or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide:
- LifeLine offers a 24 hour a day service by calling 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
Your GP also can play a vital role in identifying help options for you or your loved one. The GP can review and refer to many services (including Psychologists), that with a GP referral you or your loved one can attend with no out of pocket expense.
In an emergency, please always call 000, or attend the nearest Emergency department.
Join us this Monday the 10th of September, as we ‘Walk out of the Shadows’, working together to prevent suicide.
For more information, please see the following links below: