World Suicide Prevention Day & R U OK Day
- Globally every 40 seconds someone dies of suicide
- More than 2,500 Australians suicide each year. That's about 7 people every day.
- 65,000 people attempt suicide each year in Australia
- Suicide is the biggest killer of Australians under 44 years
- Men account for around 75 per cent of all suicide deaths in Australia
What would help?
Preventing feelings of isolation and loneliness occurring in our community.
Meaningful conversations with family and friends aren't about solving someone's problem; but helping that person feel connected and supported.
We'll all grapple with tragedy, loss, and grief through life - and many of us will also live with a mental illness. We can all support each other to live with change, adversity and illness.
Thank anyone who’s been there for you during a rough patch or a tough day. Celebrate the people who already do that on a regular basis.
People with depression or suicidal thoughts often feel others can’t handle the intensity of their problems, but it can be a relief to them when they are asked about it.
If you’re going to ask someone “R U OK?” are you prepared for what you might say if they do open up and tell you they aren’t?
Are you prepared to give them ongoing support?
Are you prepared to keep asking throughout the year, not on a mandated day to ask?
If you ask; ‘R U Ok? Listen without judgement; encourage action; and follow up, you can make a positive difference to someone’s resilience and well being.
God of all space and time,
There is darkness that exists which feels impenetrable.
Darkness that seems to overcome all light.
Darkness which swallows the will to live,
The desire to go on,
The possibility of grace,
The existence of hope.
There is darkness in this world, in some hearts, in some minds...
Darkness which makes a person feel separated from You and from Love.
You have created a light which no darkness can overcome,
But sometimes the darkness seems too great.
On this day, be with those who feel surrounded by darkness...
Who are afraid to speak of their plans,
Who are pondering in their hearts what seems the only end to their pain.
Be with those who have reached out, but not been believed.
Be with people who are left behind, who have questions, who blame themselves.
Send Your Spirit of consolation and hope into the world on this day,
Turn up the Light of Love- burnish and banish the darkness,
Strengthen all to speak, to listen, to hold, and to share.
Holy God, we ask for the kind of peace- in hearts, minds, and all creation- that can only come from you.
Gracious God, hear our prayer.
And in your mercy, answer us.
Meditation Deep Peace - Bill Douglas