05 Sep World Suicide Awareness Day
September 10th is a worldwide awareness event to encourage discussions about suicide causes and prevention, as well as influence governments to implement suicide prevention strategies.
Find out more about ‘Shining a Light on World Suicide Prevention Day’ here.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recently appointed a new suicide prevention adviser, Christine Morgan, to assess Australia’s current suicide prevention strategies. Christine will return in 2020 with future recommendations, to completely overhaul our current system.
Mental health is one of Australia’s most significant health issues, with almost half of the population experiencing mental illness at some point in their lives. Furthermore, 54% of those experiencing poor mental health will not access any treatment.*
These figures are alarming in their own right, often materialising into high suicide rates. As a society, we are facing an uphill battle when it comes to reducing the prevalence of such health conditions.