The impacts of suicide are immediate, far-reaching and long-lasting. More than 3000 Australians will end their lives each year, which is about eight people every single day, affecting families, friends, work colleagues and communities across Australia.
Suicide is a complex issue and to reduce suicide rates in our community there is a need for a holistic approach from all stakeholders involved, including the community. Over the past year a multi-sectoral Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (SPLG) commenced development of a Gold Coast Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan (CAP). This work has been undertaken as part of the joint initiative being led by Gold Coast Primary Health Network and Gold Coast Health to develop a Joint Regional Plan for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Alcohol and Other Drugs.
World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10 and is an opportunity to affirm the region’s commitment to prevent suicide, especially in light of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The regional focus on collaborative suicide prevention over the past year has resulted in the Gold Coast being well placed to respond to any increased levels of distress in the community.
A range of suicide prevention activities are well underway, including existing suicide prevention services, funded by Gold Coast Primary Health Care Network (GCPHN). Additionally, GCPHN is currently negotiating the purchasing of online Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training so that people in the community have the confidence and skills to support people in suicidal crisis.
If you or anyone you know needs help, especially during these difficult times, help is available:
Local services are also available to support people who are not at immediate risk:
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