Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages and in Australia it is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.
For World Suicide Prevention Day – Tuesday, 10 September 2019 and R U OK Day on Thursday 12 September 2019 some of our Breakthrough supporters and team members have come together to deliver an important message about suicide prevention, and how we can all work together to help prevent suicide.
We can all make a difference in the lives of those who might be struggling by having regular, meaningful conversations about life’s ups and downs.
Trust your instincts and access suicide prevention resources to assist you in having the discussion. Some resources include:
It is better to reach out than avoid the person for fear of getting the conversation wrong. Experts generally agree that asking someone whether they are thinking about suicide is unlikely to make the situation worse or ‘put ideas in their head’.