A message from our CEO ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day

8 September 2017

VIDEO: Acting IASP President Professor Jane Pirkis on World Suicide Prevention Day.

World Suicide Prevention Day is this Sunday, 10 September 2017. It is an international day to recognise the impact of suicide and focus on the part we can all play in prevention.
This year’s global theme is ‘Take a minute, change a life’. 
This weekend I will be taking a minute to acknowledge the pain suicide brings when it touches our lives. I will be taking a minute to reflect on the lives lost to suicide and all those I have met over the past year who have been affected by suicide and are passionate about changing all our lives for the better.
Evidence tells us that our personal attitudes toward suicidal behaviours can either help or hinder someone’s likeliness to get help or give help. We must work together to debunk the myths surrounding suicide and change the way we think and communicate about its prevention.
Thank you to all of our Members and friends for the events and campaigns being run in support of suicide prevention this month, particularly on and around World Suicide Prevention Day (10 Sept)and R U OK?Day (14 Sept). Have a look at the national events calendar to see if there is an event near you or add an event you are hosting. You can also see what is happening in other countries by visiting the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) website. Above I have shared a video message from the Acting IASP President, our very own Professor Jane Pirkis.
Thank you again for all you do to raise awareness and the capacity of Australian communities to support each other to live.  Please take care during this period of heightened conversation about suicide and talk to a trusted family member, friend or one of our partners who are there to support you.

What can we all do to take a minute and change a life? 
The Suicide Prevention Australia team suggest four simple things that we can all do:

  1. Take a minute to attend a WSPD or R U OK?Day event in your area or simply like and share messages on social media from R U OK? and Suicide Prevention Australia using #WSPD #RUOK
  2. Take a minute to think about how you take care of yourself and those around you.
  3. If you are concerned about someone, take a minute to check in with them. It could change their life.
  4. Take a minute to find out more about services available to support you and those around you. When someone you know is struggling, having that information to hand could change their life.

Best wishes,