World Suicide Prevention Day walk through Armidale

Tue Sep 5, 2017

Foremost not-for-profit mental health service provider Flourish Australia is banding with other New England community organisations to lead this Friday’s World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) walk in Armidale.

The theme of this year’s WSPD is ‘Take a Minute, Change a Life’.

Flourish Australia Armidale Manager Janelle Brandley, who lost her own teenage son to suicide in 2014, said the theme words were an effective reminder for people to stop and consider those around them.

“The more people take notice of what’s going on with their family, friends and colleagues - and themselves - the better,” Janelle said.

“It’s so easy to get caught up in everyday life and miss simple signs that those around us might be struggling with mental health issues. Taking a minute to ask someone how they are could be live saving.

“It’s a fact that one in four people will have a lived experience of a mental health issue at any given time. The good news is there are all sorts of community supports available, and most people will have a successful recovery journey if they reach out for help.

“Sometimes a simple enquiry from a relative or friend can be the spark that sets people on a recovery journey.”

The Armidale WSPD walk will commence this Friday at 10.00 at Mallam House (94 Rusden Street) and proceed to Central Park where participants will remember those lost to suicide. Guest speakers with expertise in the mental health sector will provide information on suicide prevention. All members of the community are invited to participate.

“This is a valuable opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms that can lead to, but more importantly prevent, suicide,” Janelle Brandley added.

Facts about suicide in Australia

• Suicide is the leading cause of death for men and women between the ages of 15-44

• The population death rates are around 10/100,000 people every year

• Latest figures tell us that 3027 people died by suicide in Australia in 2015

• 65,000 people plan or attempt to take their life each year

• 400,000 people think about taking their life each year

• The Global Burden of Disease Report cited 36 million years of healthy life were lost as a result of suicide in 2010

Flourish Australia is a not-for-profit organisation providing support programs, employment, accommodation and hope for 5,000 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 60 years.

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