Flourish Australia Leads World Suicide Prevention Day In Armidale

Mon Aug 22, 2016

Flourish Australia is calling on Armidale and surrounding communities to get behind World Suicide Prevention Day on 9 September.

The theme of this year’s day is ‘Connect, Communicate, Care’ – three words that are at the heart of suicide prevention.

Flourish Australia will once again lead a community walk through town to raise awareness of the terrible scourge of suicide.

Flourish Australia Armidale Manager Janelle Brandley - who lost her teenage son to suicide in 2014 - said suicide and associated mental health issues are as significant across the New England as anywhere else across Australia and the world.

“Suicide is often sudden and leaves terrible impacts and all sorts of ‘what if’s’ behind,” Ms Brandley said.

“It is far better to talk about suicide before it’s too late. There’s nothing you can do once a life is gone, but plenty you can do to open up about the matter and save lives.

“Talk to your loved ones and friends about how they’re feeling. If you sense that someone you know is struggling, ask them how they’re doing or encourage them to see their GP or a counsellor.

“The signs to watch for are often feelings of depression or anxiety, social withdrawal, unusual mood swings or reliance on alcohol and drugs to get by.”

The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 800,000 people die by suicide every year, and 25 as many again make suicide attempts.

Media outlets are invited to cover the suicide walk, presentations and a minutes silence in memory of those who have taken their lives.

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY (ARMIDALE) DETAILS:

9 September, 2016

10.00 Community invited to gather at Mallam House (94 Rusden St Armidale)

1030: Walkers leave for Central Park

11am: Ceremony at Central Park / Minute Silence / Signing of Remembrance Book

Media enquiries + interview and photo opportunities - Jannelle Brandley 0429 309 749

Flourish Australia (formerly RichmondPRA) is a not-for-profit organisation providing support programs, employment, accommodation and hope for people with mental health issues in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a leading mental health support provider that has been in operation for more than 55 years.