New push to change perceptions on suicide
THE suicide rate in Australia is at a 10-year high but there is some hope from a survey conducted for World Suicide Prevention Day.
In 2015, 3027 Australians took their own life and 65,000 attempted to. The national survey conducted by Lifeline for today’s World Suicide Prevention Day revealed a growth in understanding of suicide but also a worrying level of stigma.
“The suicide stigma survey results show that decades of hard work in changing com- munity perceptions around suicide are making a difference,” Lifeline Australia chairman John Brodgen said.
“Two-thirds of people have a good knowledge of suicide and education has been proven to be effective in changing people’s stigma-based views.
“However, with one in three survey respondents still believing suicide to be ‘irresponsible’, we need to redouble our efforts to make it OK for people to talk about their struggles.”