World Suicide Prevention Day 2015 is Thursday 10 September. It is also RUOK? Day in Australia.
CGHS will have a display in the main reception of Sale Hospital from Friday September 4 to Monday September 14 to help raise awareness of suicide prevention.
Lifeline is also running walking events called “Out of the shadows and into the light” to raise awareness. You can visit its website for list of events and more information for each of these organisations.
Redesign Project Officer with CGHS, Sue Martin, said this year, the international theme of World Suicide Prevention Day was ‘Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives’.
“It is speaking up to reduce the stigma around talking about suicide prevention safely,” Sue said. “It is about standing up to make a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing.
“It is also about being self-informed and aware of support and services available to all those touched by suicide and those building a resilient community to prevent suicide.”
CGHS has two ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) trainers who will be running ASIST workshops for staff and the wider community after Mental Health Week in October. The ASIST training supports participants in talking about suicide prevention and offering suicide first aid – keeping the person “safe for now”.
Sue explained that in ASIST, people learnt to apply a suicide intervention model. It helps caregivers recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide. It then explores how to connect with them in ways that understand and clarify that risk, increase their immediate safety and link them with further help.
More than 80,000 people in Australia have attended ASIST which is available in all states and territories.
Quick facts about suicide in Australia
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 44 years
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for women under the age of 34 years
- The population death rates are around 10/100,000 people every year
- Annual number of deaths by suicide in Australia is around 2500 each year
- 65,000 plan or attempt to take their life each year
- 400,000 people think about taking their life each year