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Celebrating World Suicide Prevention Day, and one month to go until World Mental Health Day
Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, Mental Health
Australia would like to take this opportunity to stop and acknowledge the
tireless work of those in the suicide prevention sector who work each and every
day towards zero suicide.
“World Suicide Prevention Day is a day to stop and reflect
on Australia’s continuous effort to prevent suicide in our community,” said
Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan.
“The continuous effort of many of our members, friends, colleagues
and community members. So thank you to those countless organisations,
communities, carers, consumers and individuals who are working hard to spread
awareness, combat stigma, and contribute to creating a mentally healthy
community which, ultimately, is saving lives.
“World Suicide Prevention Day is also a day to look
forward in hope, and as the Prime Minister said at this morning’s Suicide
Prevention Australia’s breakfast, achieving this goal of zero suicide is
something that will ‘unite us all’.
As well as celebrating World Suicide Prevention Day, today
also marks one month to go until World Mental Health Day, Thursday 10 October.
This year, Mental Health Australia will deliver the 2019
World Mental Health Day Campaign – Do You
See What I See? See beyond the stigma and make mental health more visible,
with the aim to reduce stigma, encourage help seeking behaviour and foster
The best way to do this is by making a
#MentalHealthPromise at www.1010.org.au.
“To date more than 20,000 people have made a mental health
promise to help reduce stigma and create awareness. Today, our promise is to
support our friends and colleagues in the suicide prevention sector to continue
to work towards zero,” said Mr Quinlan.
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