NEW RESOURCE TO GET PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT SUICIDE
“People in the Granville electorate will be given practical support to guide conversations around suicide following the launch of a suite of new online resources today by the NSW Government”, Member for Granville, Tony Issa MP, said today.
Mr Issa said the new resources, Conversations Matter, are the first of their kind in the world and will support people wanting to talk about suicide and in doing so start to break down the barriers that prevent people from reaching out to one another.
“Every year more than 2,100 Australians die by suicide. This is a national problem that is greater than it should be because all too often we are afraid to speak about it,” Mr Issa continued.
“It has never been more important for people to reach out to one another and start having a conversation about suicide.
“Through Conversations Matter, individuals, schools, workplaces and community groups in the Granville electorate will have access to information that will allow them to have safe and effective conversations about suicide.
“Suicide prevention is everybody’s business and it is up to all of us to help reduce the stigma that surrounds suicide by talking about it and increasing awareness to better ensure that people at risk of suicide - as well as their families, friends and carers - are connected with the treatment and support they need.
“By visiting the Conversations Matter website, people can access a range of resources that will guide conversations to ensure people are supported to have safe conversations about suicide.”
The resources will assist communities and professionals when:
• They want to know how to talk about suicide more generally;
• They are worried about someone and want to know what to say;
• There has been a death and they want to know how best to handle individual and community level conversations.
Minister for Mental Health, Kevin Humphries, said the evidence-based resource has been developed by the NSW Mental Health Commission and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health with input from over 130 stakeholders and follows a series of suicide prevention forums held by the NSW Government across the State last year.
“Upon coming into Government the NSW Liberals & Nationals held suicide prevention forums in communities across the state to give people the opportunity to help shape the Government’s response to suicide prevention,” Mr Humphries said.
“What people told us was that they wanted to reach out and help those at risk of suicide, but didn’t know where to start or who to turn to.
“We have listened and through Conversations Matter have given people the information they need to help support those at risk around them.”
The Conversations Matter resource is complimented by the recently launched Communities Matter, which is a toolkit for community-driven suicide prevention that gives community leaders and local residents the ability to develop evidence-based suicide prevention strategies that meet their local needs.
For more information or to access the resource please visit www.conversationsmatter.com.au.