September is the month to share resources to support Suicide Prevention
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Resources to support Suicide Prevention Month

We truly believe we are stronger together and having the right information could help you start a conversation, show support or change a life.

September is known around the world as Suicide Prevention Month. With the month closing out, we wanted to share all that we have learned as well as our collection of resources to support suicide prevention. We truly believe we are stronger together and having the right information could help you start a conversation, show support for your community or change a life.

A snapshot of suicide in Australia

A recent report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare unveiled a pretty alarming snapshot of suicide in Australia.

  • In 2018 there were 3,046 reported deaths by suicide.
  • 13% of Australians reported having had serious thoughts about taking their own life.
  • 1 in 10 surveyed 12–17-year-olds reported having ever self-harmed.
  • Suicide among ex-serving ADF men is 18% higher than in Australian men.
  • Suicide is a pronounced issue for Indigenous youth.
  • Indigenous males are more likely than females to die by suicide.

Suicide affects everyone. However, it appears children, ex-servicemen and women, and those who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are particularly affected.

It's important to share resources to support Suicide Prevention

Resources to support suicide prevention

We are only partway through our journey to understand suicide prevention.

While we want to shine a light on the issue, we don’t want to speak beyond our expertise. For this reason, we thought it best we offer a space on our site that houses some quick links that might help you find the information, support or resource you’re after.

24/7 support services

If you feel you are in crisis, these support services can be reached 24 hours a day:

  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
  • MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Navigate conversations with people you are worried about

R U OK? recommend watching out for signs that someone is struggling (such as lacking self-esteem or feeling they are trapped) before beginning their four conversation steps:

  • Ask
  • Listen
  • Encourage action
  • Check-in

Resources for those bereaved by suicide

Find a bereavement group:

Suicide affects so many Australians and it's important to share resources to support Suicide Prevention

If you’d like to help

As part of our commitment to the community, we choose initiatives or organisations that are close to our hearts to support each month.

For the month of September, we chose WINGS of Hope, which offer support for those bereaved by suicide, and ALIVE Project, a community-driven organisation of people and partners committed to ending youth suicide.

Here are a few ways you can offer your support to these organisations:

  • Purchase a copy of ‘Red Chocolate Elephants’ and donate to a school or community group.
  • Volunteer your time at WINGS of Hope.
  • Make a direct donation to ALIVE Project.
  • Run, walk, swim or be active in any way you want and fundraise for ALIVE Project.

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