In Australia, suicide is the leading cause of death in people aged between 15 and 44.
Statistics indicate that over 3000 people die by suicide each year (that’s 8 people every day) and what’s more, 65000 individuals attempt suicide per year. Today on World Suicide Prevention Day 2017, we want to break through the stigma that still surrounds suicide. We want to promote the message that it’s okay to talk about suicide and that help is out there.
Why do people suicide?
Suicidal thoughts can happen to anyone, and are often related to the negative thoughts and emotions that are core to common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. For some, suicide may feel like the only way out of the intense psychological pain that they are experiencing. But not everyone with anxiety or depression will act on those thoughts.
Whether someone will act on suicidal thoughts is often related to the balance between the personal risk factors that make them vulnerable, and the availability (or lack) of protective factors that keep them alive.
Factors such as mental health problems, loss/bereavement, relationship breakdowns and physical illness/disability can put people at increased risk of suicide. This risk increases when protective factors such as supportive relationships, self-esteem, effective coping strategies and financial stability are unavailable.
We are here to help!
Our Psychologists can help if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts.
Research tells us that by helping people to build the skills they need to manage and tolerate distressing thoughts and emotions, we can help to keep them alive. Our team can help you to start building those skills today, as well as treating underlying mental health problems.
Contact us now
0411 542 624 / firstname.lastname@example.org / or CLICK HERE to send us a message and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Other useful services
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts and feel at risk of harm, and/or require urgent medical assistance, you should always call 000.
If you need someone to speak to out of hours:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467