10 September 2023
A message from Suicide Prevention Australia, CEO Nieves Murray.
Today, I’d like to acknowledge the suffering suicide brings when it touches our lives. We are brought together by lived and living experience and are unified by hope.
World Suicide Prevention Day is an important reminder to work together to prevent suicide, raise awareness and encourage conversations. It’s also a reminder that we can do this every day.
Whether it’s upskilling by participating in suicide prevention training, educating yourself on the impact of suicide on our local communities, or making time to check in with those around you to have a meaningful conversation – we can all make a difference.
Each year over 3,000 people die by suicide and around 65,000 attempt to take their life. Behind every number is a face, and a network of family, friends and colleagues that are impacted.
Fortunately, more people than ever are reaching out for support. We need to make sure that those in distress can receive timely access to quality care.
As the peak body for suicide prevention, we will continue to work closely with our members across the sector to improve the quality of services and programs, influence policy reform, and lead knowledge sharing.
Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy.
Let’s continue to work together to save lives and share messages of hope.