by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Millicent Rotary held a Suicide Information Meeting with guest speakers Superintendent of Police Trevor Twilley and CEO Lifeline Eve Barratt on Thursday (February 20th). The aim of the meeting was to bring awareness, lift the stigma and establish a Suicide Action Committee in the Wattle Range area. The topic of the night was Suicide Awareness and Prevention.
Rotary is one of the largest organizations promoting community health with a variety of services including the annual Bowel Screening program.
Since 2009 there have been 33 suicides in the limestone Coast, 50% more suicides than road deaths and suicide is declining due to the issue becoming more open and talked about enabling people to get help.
Some of the myths surrounding suicide include the idea that people who attempt suicide are just seeking attention when in fact they are seeking help. Another myth is that people who talk about suicide rarely follow through when research shows that people who talk about it are more likely to attempt and complete suicide.
The idea that asking a person about suicide will put the idea into their head is not correct, it can open lines of communication and often reduce the anxiety, and suicide is purely a mental health issue is not correct either with evidence that people contemplating suicide are having a crisis of self. It can be related to their current mental health state or a combination of situational, emotional and social factors.
We do not understand all aspects of suicidal behaviour but we can always offer compassion and support.
Some of the warning signs may included, loss of interest in things that a person usually enjoys, behaviour changes, mood changes, hopelessness, threats, talk of suicide, increased us of alcohol and or drugs or putting their affairs in order.
Risk factors can included, relationship loss, death of someone close, financial problems, pressure to succeed, depression, previous history of suicide attempts, sexual emotional and physical abuse.
Suggested ways to help include – ask, listen and act
If you or someone you know needs to talk more:-
GP Medical Clinic Millicent 8733 2200
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyondblue 1300 224 636
Kids helpline 1800 551 800
Mensline 1300 789 978
Suicide call back service 1300 659 467
Resources are available from Suicide Prevention Australia and Eve Barratt at the Mt Gambier Suicide Prevention Network and the Medical Clinic Millicent.