Reach out to prevent suicide
On World Suicide Prevention Day, Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, encouraged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to learn and look for the warning signs of suicide and to ask their friends and family if they need help.
Mr Snowdon said taking the time to check on someone you know who is going through a rough time is a small step that could help save a life.
“Sadly, it is young men in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that are more likely to contemplate or attempt suicide, reaching out to those who may not be looking too good could be their first step towards help,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Support lines are available all day every day to assist people who need to talk about what they’re going through, Kids Help Line 1800 254 251 and Lifeline 13 11 14 are just two of the many options.
“Family and friends are the best source of early intervention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander with health services and clinics, GPs and other health professionals are all ready to listen and help to ensure people get the support they need,” Mr Snowdon said.
Headspace is engaging with thousands of young Australians, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, working on improving their mental health. An additional 90 headspace centres are being opened across Australia by 2014-15, which will be able to care for up to 72,000 people each year.
For more information about World Suicide Prevention Day visit http://www.wspd.org.au/
(Source: Department of Health and Ageing)