World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September 2017

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'Take a Minute, Change a Life' is the theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2017. The focus of World Suicide Prevention Day is to take a minute to change lives with as many suicide prevention awareness raising events as possible around Australia. 

Take the time to check on your family, friends, colleagues and most importantly, yourself. It's all about raising awareness, remembering those lost to suicide and uniting in a commitment to prevent further deaths by suicide. In Australia more than 2,500 people die each year and some 65,000 people attempt suicide each year. As a community it is our responsibility to look out for those individuals who may be vulnerable and offer them support, encourage them to communicate and listen in a non-judgemental way -'Take a Minute, Change a Life' .

 

Queensland events:

World Suicide Prevention Day, Brisbane Queen Street Mall

Date:     Friday 8 September 2017

Time:    10am - 2pm

Roses in the Ocean will host a large scale event in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall where you can speak with local community organisations and service providers, listen to live music and get involved in different activities throughout the day.


Diamonds in the Sky Suicide Intervention Carnival, Innisfail State College & PCYC 

Date:    Saturday 9 September 2017

Time:    All day

The Diamonds in the Sky Suicide Prevention Intervention Basketball & Touch Football Carnival is a community event which will provide education, awareness and intervention strategies to address suicide in the local community.


Out of the Shadows into the Light Walk, Townsville

Date:    Sunday 10 September 2017

Time:   5.30am - 8.30am

All are welcome for a dawn walk from the Rockpool and end at the Jetty. There will be a rose petal tossing ceremony from the jetty while you take a moment to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide.


Out of the Shadows into the Light Walk, Cairns

Date:   Sunday 10 September 2017

Time:   4pm - 6pm

Meet on the Esplanade and commence walking to the western lawn of the lagoon, to the stage area. Enjoy live music, a guest speaker and open reflection to commemorate those impacted by suicide.


More information about World Suicide Prevention Day can be found on wspd.org.au.

 

Volunteer roles:

Volunteering Queensland offers a number of volunteering opportunities where you can offer assistance to those in need or who are struggling.

PANDA Community Champion Volunteer, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Gold Coast

for PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia

An ongoing, virtual volunteering opportunity to join PANDA’s Community Champions. Assist groups of mums and dads that have experienced perinatal anxiety, depression and or postnatal psychosis. Champions help us raise awareness of the illness and PANDA’s services by speaking out in their local communities, sharing their unique stories and practical information.


Group Leader for walking group for Depression Support, Brisbane

for White Cloud Foundation

Looking for enthusiastic volunteers to facilitate a weekly walking exercise group for people recovering from depression and anxiety. Ideally, you may have experience in experience in exercise physiology, social work, depression or mental wellbeing. 


Activities Volunteer - Men's Shed Program, Caboolture

for Lutheran Community Care Queensland

St Paul's Aged Care Village requires volunteers who are willing to share their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm with our residents, primarily assisting with the Men's Shed activities. 

 

For more volunteering opportunities, please view volunteeringqld.org.au/roles/list.

 

Organisations helping in this area:

White Wreath Association Inc

“Action Against Suicide”

Do you or someone you know need support or are struggling to cope? The White Wreath Association is a non-denominational, non-profit charitable organisation providing 24 hour, 7 days a week help, assistance for those suffering mental trauma or considering suicide. As a non-profit, White Wreath also provides support to families, friends and work colleagues who have been impacted by suicide.

 

For more information contact:

Lifeline

lifeline.org.au

13 11 14

beyondblue

beyondblue.org.au

1300 22 46 36

Men’s Shed Association               

qldmensshed.org

0417 425 007