Suicide Prevention: Breaking Down the StigmaHeld around the world on September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day aims to create greater awareness of suicide and suicide prevention, to change the way suicide is understood and discussed in the community, and to connect people to the right support services.
Anyone can help raise awareness during World Suicide Prevention Day. Participation could be a simple conversation with a friend, family member or workmate, or as involved as organising a workplace event. What matters is that the issue is talked about and we are working towards breaking the stigma of suicide. To that end, here are some ideas to think about on World Suicide Prevention Day:
- Host an event with family and friends
- Reach out to someone you know and ask R U OK?
- Start a mental health initiative in your workplace
- Fundraise for a local charity
- Support a suicide awareness group or organisation
Organisations to follow:
Please remember, if you, or anyone you know, is experiencing significant distress or feeling suicidal, you can reach out to the following for immediate support:
AU - Lifeline: 131 114 | Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 | Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
UK - Shout Crisis Text Line 85258 | The Mind Infoline 0300 123 3393
US - Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 available 24/7 across the US