World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on September 10 and it’s an international day to recognise the impact of suicide and how to build more resilient communities across Australia.
Suicide Prevention Day also goes hand in hand with R U OK? Day which falls on Thursday, September 14.
To mark both special days the national peak body Suicide Prevention Australia and its members are standing behind two important campaigns:
1. The WSPD theme, ‘Take a minute, change a life’ – particularly when it comes to encouraging everyone to take a minute to think about personal attitudes and behaviours around suicide.
2. R U OK? Day theme, ‘You’ve got what it takes’ to support those who may be struggling with life. It’s about how to respond when someone says, “No, I’m not ok” .
What can you do to take a minute and change a life?
- Take a minute to attend a WSPD or R U OK? Day event and share messages on social media.
- Take a minute to think about your reaction to people who are struggling and may be suicidal. Would you ask the question?
We must work together to debunk the myths surrounding suicide and change the way we think and communicate about its prevention.Sue Murray, Suicide Prevention Australia CEO
- Take a minute to think about your personal attitudes to people living with suicidal behaviours.
- Take a minute to think about how you could educate yourself some more about the support available in this country. Perhaps you or a group within your community could arrange for some suicide first aid training
- Take a minute to think about how you treat yourself and your attitude toward asking for help.
According to Suicide Prevention Australia CEO Sue Murray we’ve all got what it takes to break down the stigma and protect each other from suicide.
“Evidence tells us that our personal attitudes toward suicidal behaviours can either help or hinder someone’s likeliness to get help or give help,” she said.
“We must work together to debunk the myths surrounding suicide and change the way we think and communicate about its prevention.”
Visit www.wspd.org.au for more information and a list of registered events or go to www.ruok.org.au.
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