New push to change per­cep­tions on sui­cide

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

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.”

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