September is a busy month for the suicide prevention and mental health sector with both World Suicide Prevention Day and RUOK?Day taking place next week. There will be a national spotlight trained on how everyone can play a role in suicide prevention.
Life in Mind is a national gateway connecting Australian suicide prevention services to each other and the community, and this year we would like to amplify some of the important activities happening across the country.
World Suicide Prevention Day is on Tuesday, 10 September and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of suicide prevention and amplify safe conversations about suicide and its impacts.
There are a wide range of local, state and national activities which will be taking place throughout the country as part of World Suicide Prevention Day.
These activities range from community focused events through to national events including the release of suicide prevention research as well as a number of high level signings of the National Communications Charter.
Suicide Prevention Australia are hosting an event in Canberra at Parliament House the morning of World Suicide Prevention Day, with guests from the sector, the community, state and national government and the media to shine a light on working together to prevent suicide and encourage conversations.
Event details: AISRAP Community Forum for WSPD
Date: Tuesday, 10 September
Location: Greek Club at 29 Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane
More information and to register: https://www.griffith.edu.au/griffith-health/australian-institute-suicide-research-prevention/news-and-events/wspd-2019
Continuing on World Suicide Prevention Day, the Australia Institute for Suicide Prevention Research and Prevention (AISRAP) are hosting a Community Forum in Brisbane, supported by the Queensland Mental Health Commission.
The community forum includes many guest speakers and presentations to inform community members of current research in suicide prevention. The event also marks the launch of the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s (IASP) Cycle Around the Globe campaign, which kicks off on 10 September and runs for a month.
Suicide Prevention Project Lead, Simon Pont is attending this forum on behalf of Life in Mind and will be providing a short presentation on Life in Mind’s role in supporting the community to respond to and communicate about suicide and its impacts.
Event details: Roses in the Ocean World Suicide Prevention Day
Date: Tuesday, 10 September
Location: Brisbane Queen Street Mall, Queen Street Brisbane
More information: https://rosesintheocean.com.au/contact/
Another community focused event, Roses in Ocean are hosting a World Suicide Prevention Day in Queen Street Mall, supported by the Brisbane North Suicide Prevention Network.
The event includes stalls from suicide prevention organisations, live entertainment and food to encourage community members to stop by and participate in conversations with local and national organisations. This event empowers community members to ask questions, find information and touch base with local providers if they are worried about someone.
World Suicide Prevention Day signings of the National Communications Charter
World Suicide Prevention Day also presents an opportunity for local governments to include the National Communications Charter (The Charter) into their agenda showing a commitment to their communities that suicide prevention is everyone’s business.
The Charter is a uniting document designed to guide the way we talk about mental health and suicide prevention, with each other and with the community.
This World Suicide Prevention Day, Northern Beaches Council are hosting a signing event, where the Mayor will be signing The Charter, demonstrating a community approach to suicide prevention.
Mayor and Maitland City Councillor Loretta Baker is also showcasing and presenting on The Charter in her Mayoral Minute on World Suicide Prevention Day.
Cr Baker will be using the Mayoral Minute to highlight that local councils have a role to play in suicide prevention within their communities.
There is enormous growth for The Charter within councils showing that suicide prevention and mental ill-health are high on the agenda. It’s promising to see two already on board and signing within New South Wales.
Stay tuned for further updates on activities and events on World Suicide Prevention Day and throughout the week by following Life in Mind on Twitter at: @LifeinMindAU
If you or your organisation would like to #SupportTheCharter this September, demonstrating your commitment to reducing stigmatising language and promoting help-seeking and help-offering behaviour you can sign below!
For national, state and local World Suicide Prevention Day events, which may be happening in your area please visit our events section below.