Shed some light
Friday, 10th September, 2010
On average six people take their own life every day in Australia and Lifeline hopes to shed some light on the problem.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and Lifeline BH is hoping the event will be a catalyst for action on suicide.
The event is organised through the World Health Organisation.
Local Lifeline manager Richard Lines said each day almost 170 people attempt suicide across the country.
"I want everyone to realise that as a community, we all have a role to play in helping to stop these mostly preventable deaths," Mr Lines said.
"We believe that people may see suicide as someone else's problem, something for governments or the not-for-profit sector to deal with, but it's not."
Lifeline answers almost 20,000 calls relating to suicide each year on its 13 11 14 hotline.
"We want people to realise that each and every one of us has the capacity to become 'accidental counsellors', to learn how to recognise the signs that someone might be thinking about suicide and do something about it."
Mr Lines said everyone in the community had the ability to undertake training and up-skill themselves to become part of the bigger picture.
"The solution is in all our hands," he said.
"We have a role to play in building suicide safe communities. Too many Australians are dying from suicide in this country, 2200 a year, that's 40 per cent more than motor vehicle accidents."
Lifeline recently welcomed Prime Minister Julia Gillard's commitment to $276.9 million worth of funding over four years to tackle suicide and mental health.