World Suicide Prevention Day
Published on 10 September 2018
The City of Launceston is working with a range of community stakeholders to develop a safety net to prevent suicide as a part of a national trial program. The Break O’Day, Central Coast, Burnie, and Devonport local government areas are also taking part in the trial, which utilises the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan suicide prevention framework.
Although it is acknowledged suicidality may impact anyone, the focus for this trial will be on men aged 40-64 and men and women aged over the age of 65. Primary Health Tasmania is coordinating implementation of the trial in this state, working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Tasmanian Health Service, the Black Dog Institute, health and community services, and local communities.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said today marked World Suicide Prevention Day, which was a timely reminder that suicide and self-harm can be prevented when individuals, services and communities work together.
"People struggling should never be afraid to ask for help or to let someone know how they’re feeling," Mayor van Zetten said.
"Suicide is preventable and there are many options for support. Later this week we'll also be marking RU OK Day, which is another opportunity to reach out to those around us simply to ask how they're travelling.
"We shouldn't underestimate the impact that listening can have."
If you are struggling, your GP can advise and refer to a mental health specialist.
During crisis please contact
Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
To learn more about the Launceston suicide prevention trial and opportunities to get involved in suicide prevention efforts in your community, please contact the Launceston Suicide Prevention Coordinator at 03 6323 3000 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.