We all have a role to play in preventing suicide

This September, we are encouraging everyone to take action by getting involved in World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday the 10thThe day is observed by more than 60 countries, with the aim of promoting stigma reduction, policy change, help seeking, and remembering those we have lost to suicide, those who have attempted suicide, and those who are living with the grief of losing someone 

Almost 10 million Australians know someone who has been impacted by suicide, that’s almost half the country. At Suicide Prevention Australia we believe everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Whether it is on World Suicide Prevention Day or any day of the year.

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Video Message from CEO Nieves Murray

Suicide Prevention Australia CEO, Nieves Murray shares a message of hope and action via video for World Suicide Prevention Day.

We encourage members to use the video at any internal or external events planned.



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World Suicide Prevention Day 2022


“Creating hope Through Action”


An estimated 703,000 people a year take their life around the world. For every suicide, there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide. Millions of people suffer intense grief or are otherwise profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviours.

Each suicidal death is a public health concern with a profound impact on those around them. By raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide, and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide around the world.
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO). The 10th of September each year focuses attention on the issue, reduces stigma and raises awareness among organizations, government, and the public, giving a singular message that suicide can be prevented.

“Creating hope through action” is the triennial theme for the World Suicide Prevention Day from 2021 – 2023. This theme is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us.

By creating hope through action, we can signal to people experiencing suicidal thoughts that there is hope and that we care and want to support them. It also suggests that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling. Lastly, it highlights the importance of setting suicide prevention as a priority public health agenda by countries, particularly where access to mental health services and availability of evidence-based interventions are already low. Building on this theme and spreading this message over the three years, a world can be envisioned where suicides are not so prevalent.

We can all play a role in supporting those experiencing a suicidal crisis or those bereaved by suicide whether as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a person with lived experience. We can all encourage understanding about the issue, reach in to people who are struggling, and share our experiences. We can all create hope through action and be the light.

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Three million Australians will consider suicide at some point in their lives.

Each year, more than 65,000 Australians will attempt suicide. Over 3,000 will die by suicide.

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.

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

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