World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is a chance for us to raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide in our community and share support for the people that need it. 

This year we are sharing the powerful voices of eight people who have experienced suicidal thoughts or a suicide attempt. The people in the video have come forward from our Blue Voices and Speakers community in the hope of helping people understand what they went through, what helped them and what you can do support someone in their situation. 

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000 or get support.

Meet the people behind the video.

 

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley experienced childhood trauma and suicidal thoughts from a young age. It took time to find the right support, but she is passionate about helping others and overcoming stigma around mental health and suicide.

Billy

Billy

After years of experiencing anxiety and depression, Billy began to have suicidal thoughts and feelings. Billy’s partner convinced him to reach out for support, which was a big turning point in finding his way through these feelings.

George

George

A family history of mental health issues and the weight of keeping his sexuality a secret from his traditional Greek family left George thinking suicide was his only option. Getting support was life-changing and he now sees the power of asking people you’re worried about: “Are you thinking about suicide?”

Nat

Natalie

When Natalie first experienced depression and suicidal thoughts at the age of 15, she didn’t understand what was happening to her and felt overwhelmed and lonely. Getting support helped her understand her depression and move through these suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Leilani

Leilani

Leilani first experienced suicidal thoughts and feelings when she was just ten. Asking for help was a big turning point and she uses her experience to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people find a way through suicidal thoughts and feel strong again.

Jake

Jake

After his parents’ divorce and losing his father at a young age, Jake was behaving destructively and thinking about suicide. Therapy helped him move through these feelings and gave him a new perspective.

Geoff

Geoff

After his divorce and experiencing workplace issues in his job as a cardiologist, Geoff had suicidal thoughts. A friend’s text message asking if he was okay – and their follow up conversations – was “the perfect way” to encourage him to get support.

Rach

Rach

Rach felt hopeless, helpless, and like a burden to her family. But telling her husband she needed help was the first step in moving through her suicidal thoughts and feelings.

 
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