Saturday, 10 September
- 2,500 Australian’s take their own life each year, a further 65,000 plan or attempt suicide annually
- Suicide leading cause of death for men and women aged 15-44
- ‘Connect, communicate, care’ is the theme of the 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day
Organisers of World Suicide Prevention Day 2016 have urged all Queenslanders to ‘Connect, communicate, care’ to raise public awareness about the importance of having conversations about suicide.
Shadow Minister for Communities, Ros Bates, said suicide touches individuals, families and entire communities and disturbingly is the leading cause of death for men and women between the ages of 15 to 44 years.
“Tragically 2,500 Australians take their own lives each year, and worldwide one person commits suicide every 40 seconds,” Ms Bates said.
“One death from suicide is one too many and today is an important day for all of us to reflect on how speaking freely and honestly about suicide, and reaching out to others can make all the difference.
“As the Shadow Minister I have a lived experience where suicide has touched my family.
“Suicide affects parents, children, siblings, partners, friends and colleagues and as a community we must ensure we do more to understand its causes and how those who choose to end their own lives get to the point that they simply can’t go on.”
Ms Bates paid tribute to organisations such as Lifeline, Beyond Blue, the Black Dog Institute and R U OK for the critical work they do to help Queenslanders and Australians in crisis.
“We need to do everything we can to ensure those who are in need get the support they require, while ensuring all Queenslanders know that services are available to all those touched by suicide,’ she said.
“I’m proud to say the LNP committed more than $1.1 billion for mental health services in 2014/15 and was responsible for establishing the Queensland Mental Health Commission to improve our mental health, drug and alcohol abuse services.
“In a perfect world we wouldn’t have to speak about suicide and the impact it has on so many but the reality is we must re-double our efforts to build awareness and ensure anyone that we know is struggling through dark days gets the support they need.”
Ms Bates will be attending the ‘Out of the Shadows and Into the Light: Suicide Prevention Walk’ today between 8am – 9am Old Burleigh Road, Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach