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getting to the truth of it

Alison Jansen

on 13 April 2015

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Transcript of Suicide

There is always hope
getting to the truth of it
What is it?
Suicide is death due to self-inflicted unnatural causes resulting from an intentional action by the person.
People who attempt suicide are selfish or weak
All suicidal people have depression or other mental illnesses.
Once a person decides to complete suicide, nothing anyone says or does will stop them from doing it
What should I do if I am feeling suicidal?
Talking openly about suicide increases the risk
There is not one specific reason why people attempt suicide
Australian stats you need to know......
Suicide accounts for 1.7% of deaths according to ABS for 2001-2010
WHO estimates that 800 000 people die by suicide every year
Males die by suicide 3.1 time more than females
Highest reports of suicide where males 75+ and females 45-54
Suicides accounted for 4.2% of all registered deaths of people identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in 2010, compared with 1.6% for non indigenous Australians.
Over half of all individuals who died from suicide had a diagnosed mental illness
There are consistent differences in suicide rates for urban and rural areas, recording lower suicide rates in capital cities.
Rates of suicide for people that identify as being LGB are 3.5 to 14 times higher than their heterosexual peers. Transgender people are 16% to 47% more likely.
What should I do if someone tells me they are suicidal?
People can and do move on from having feelings of wanting to end their life.
Question and Discussion time
What to look out for

How can I help myself?
You are not alone
Who can I talk to?
Where do I get Professional Support?
People who talk about suicide or fail to complete it are just seeking attention
How can I help someone else?
Language matters!
Think about how you chose to talk about suicide BUT don't be afraid to talk about it
Situations - what is happening in a persons life?
Feelings - how does a person feel about their life?
Behaviours - what are they doing?

*Suicides, Australia, 2010 ABS
*Suicide Prevention Australia (2009) Suicide and self-harm among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities
*Diego De Leo, Jerneja Sveticic and Eeva-Katri Kumpula (2013) Suicide In Queensland: Mortality Rates and Related Data 2008-2010
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