HERE TO HELP: Tina Cirson, Bonnie Trevanion and Mark Davis at the suicide prevention morning in Mundubbera.
HERE TO HELP: Tina Cirson, Bonnie Trevanion and Mark Davis at the suicide prevention morning in Mundubbera. Philippe Coquerand

Reducing stigma of suicide

THIS week Roses in the Ocean delivered a morning tea in partnership with Suicide Prevention Australia to battle the stigma behind suicide in rural and remote areas.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between 15 and 44, with around 3000 people dying by suicide every year according to Beyond Blue.

Roses in the Ocean operations manager Mark Davis said the event was about getting conversations running in the community about these sorts of issues.

"It's about having conversations and getting people to talk about suicide, and we believe that by starting that conversation we can start changing the outcome,” Mr Davis said.

"What we're trying to do is get the resources better connected and be able to work together with this sort of issue, the resources are there.”

Mr Davis recommended the Mindframe website and app as a great resource for those in need.

"We're a grass-roots organisation that focuses on the lived experience, so roses in the ocean is about giving a voice to the people with a lived experience and to be able to tell their story and influence the outcomes and changes we've made,” he said.

Suicide prevention program co-ordinator Tina Cirson said these resources are imperative to the community.

"I think the community have been crying out for this type of discussion, there's definitely a need in the community and it brings everyone together,” Mrs Cirson said.

"People are hospitable and willing to help out, it's a good thing for the community.”

Mrs Cirson said there was a need for forums in the region as people can feel isolated.

"They have to travel, they don't have a bus that picks their appointment, when you're suicidal it's hard enough to get out of bed rather than thinking how am I getting into town, who am I going to talk to, who's going to help me,” she said.

"It's about improving people's quality of life and linking them to community members who will walk side by side with them and to help them.”

If you need help, call Lifeline on 131114 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300659467.

For young people aged 5-25, call the Kids Helpline, 1800551800.

visit Mindframe@ hnehealth.nsw.gov.au.


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