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There are few of us who haven’t been touched by the tragedy of suicide and this World Suicide Prevention Day, Lifeline will call on Australians to send the clearest signal yet to those who are struggling, that they are not alone.

Every year, Lifeline centres across the nation bring their communities together to observe World Suicide Prevention Day through Lifeline’s Out of the Shadows events.   

Local community walks traditionally take place at sunrise and create a safe place of acceptance to mourn loved ones lost to suicide and reduce stigma by bringing suicide out of the shadows and into the light.  However, this year with physical distancing restrictions created by Covid-19, Out of the Shadows will be providing opportunities for connection virtually.

This year, Lifeline plans to send a powerful message of hope by encouraging Australians to visit a virtual reflective garden to plant a flower and leave a message of remembrance or support, to show those who are struggling that they are not alone.  

Lifeline Australia’s Chairman, John Brogden said coronavirus restrictions have heightened the need to demonstrate support and provide a safe space for those impacted by suicide to mourn and reflect.

‘Losing a loved one to suicide is different to any other loss, the stigma surrounding suicide is still very real.  Often those who are grieving or experiencing suicidal ideation can experience tremendous marginalisation.  

Health restrictions send Out of the Shadows events online

‘The COVID-19 restrictions are exacerbating isolation, there are many left to grieve or struggle with their thoughts alone.

Through Out of the Shadows, we aim to ensure that people feel connected and aware of the support and compassion that is around them.’ He said.

In 2018, the last reporting period, there were 3,048 lives lost to suicide in Australia, with each life lost leaving families, friends, colleagues and communities devastated.  Mr Brogden implored Australians to visit the garden and plant a message of hope:

‘There are over 10 Million Australians who have been directly impacted by the loss of a family member, relative, friend, colleague or fellow student. 

With COVID-19 many more are struggling with their mental wellbeing

‘There are many more who are struggling with their own mental wellbeing and it is particularly difficult with the uncertainty and change in routine that has been brought about by COVID.

‘The things we used to keep busy with, can often no longer be done, many of our opportunities for connecting with others have been removed.

So this year, we are calling on every Australian to make this garden bloom and help Lifeline send the clearest signal yet to those who are struggling, that they are not alone.’

‘All through the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been encouraging the community to connect with those they think may be doing it tough. 

‘We all have the power to make a positive difference to the lives of others, so we really do encourage people to invite someone you know to take a walk at sunrise and remember the many Australians we have lost to suicide and those they have left behind.  Together, we can remove the stigma around mental health, we can make people feel connected and supported and we can work towards an Australia free of suicide,’ said Mr Brogden.

Mr Brogden also encouraged any person in Australia who is struggling to make a connection with someone they trust, or reach out to Lifeline:

Connecting with others is key

‘These are challenging times, it is ok not to be feeling ok.  Connecting with others is key. 

If you, or someone you know are feeling overwhelmed, we encourage you to connect with Lifeline in the way you feel most comfortable.  Either phone us  to speak to a Crisis Supporter on 13 11 14 (24 hours/7 days), or chat to us online at www.lifeline.org.au (7pm – midnight, 7 nights).’

Lifeline is Australia’s leading suicide prevention service, operating the 13 11 14 telephone line within 40 centres around the nation.  The service expects to respond to over one million requests for support this year, creating an average of 120 safety plans to keep a person experiencing suicidal ideation safe every day.

 To visit the Out of the Shadows virtual garden, go to: www.outoftheshadows.org.au


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2 COMMENTS

  1. —-we can remove the stigma around mental health

    Indeed you can, it requires only an editorial decision not to support those directing that prejudice.

    Harold A Maio

  2. Traumatic stress syndromes, under whatever label is contrived for them, are not a mental illness but an injury. They are a normal response to overwhelmingly distressing events and circumstances.

    “No one acts or experiences in a vacuum.” R.D. Laing

    Your presence we miss
    Your memory we treasure
    Loving you always
    Forgetting you never.
    May your good souls be now in peace
    In warm loving light
    You are loved and missed forever.

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