The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. In Australia more than 2500 people die each year with latest figures (2015) telling us that 3,027 Australians took their own life.
Recent research tells us that hundreds of Australians are impacted by each suicide death. Research also tells us that some 65,000 people attempt suicide each year and hundreds of thousands of people think of suicide. Take a minute to think about the pain and suffering suicide being felt by every single person impacted by suicide.
‘Take a Minute, Change a Life’ is the theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September).
If you don’t feel that you can talk to friends or family, here are some services available in Western Australia to support you.
Lifeline 24-hour crisis support -13 11 14
Mental Health Emergency Response Line – 1300 555 788
Suicide Callback – 1300 659 467 (available 24/7)
Child and Adolescent Health Service – 1800 048 636
Urgent mental health telephone support line provides support for children and young people under the age of 18 years and their families. This includes brief assessment of mental health risk and signposting to the most appropriate services depending on need
You can call the emergency department of any hospital in Australia. If you do not have the number, call directory enquiries and the operator will give you the number of your nearest emergency department.
GPs, Counsellors, Psychiatrists or Psychologists
You can also call your local doctor, or your psychologist or psychiatrist if you have one. They often have an emergency number for out of hours’ emergencies.