World Suicide Prevention Day | Mental Health First Aid

World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, exists to raise awareness of suicide and the many ways in which we can all work to reduce suicide rates and the incidence of suicidal behaviours.

The World Health Organisation estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. In Australia more than 2500 people die each year with latest figures (2015) telling us that 3,027 Australians took their own life. Recent research tells us that hundreds of Australians are impacted by each suicide death. Research also tells us that some 65,000 people attempt suicide each year and hundreds of thousands of people think of suicide.

Suicide is currently the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15-44. However, there is something that you can do to help. Openly talking about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life, but do you know how to do this in the right way?

What can you do?

MHFA has developed guidelines on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours. These guidelines will provide you with information on how to approach a conversation, how to help and important information that you need to know about suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

Along with our guidelines MHFA offers a half day course on MHFA for the Suicidal Person. This course provides participants with

  • Understanding accurate information about suicide rates and risk factors in the Australian context.
  • Reviewing the first aid guidelines of how to intervene when someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Practicing these skills in a safe environment.

On completion of the course you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to confidently approach a conversation with a person experiencing suicidal thoughts.