Shining a light on suicide: today is World Suicide Prevention Day

Today (10th September 2019) marks World Suicide Prevention Day across the globe and provides a unique opportunity to collectively shine a light on suicide prevention.

Over 10 million Australian adults are estimated to know someone who has died by suicide, and 1 in 2 young people are impacted by suicide by the time they turn 25 – meaning that half of the Australian population is personally touched by suicide one way or another.  We need to act immediately to make meaningful change and turn these devastating figures around. We’ve all got to do more as government, business and suicide prevention leaders to reduce the number of lives impacted by suicide in Australia.

Suicide Prevention Australia CEO Nieves Murray believes, “It is a national tragedy that we lose so many people to suicide. We can all make a difference in the lives of those who might be struggling by having regular, meaningful conversations about life’s ups and downs. Working together to prevent suicide, raise awareness and encourage conversations is important.”

A joint Suicide Prevention Australia/KPMG paper released today, is the first in a series that will explore the challenges that Australians will face in the future, and what they mean for realising a reduction in suicide rates in the next decade. To launch this series, Suicide Prevention Australia conducted an online survey of 1064 Australians aged 18 and older.

The survey highlighted that Australians believe economic security and changes to family and relationships will be some of the biggest risks to suicide rates over the next 10 years. Three risks addressed in this first edition focus on:

  • Housing and finance trends – Australian households are becoming ‘over-indebted’
  • Employment trends – the emergence of the ‘gig’ economy
  • Relationships and household structures – an increase in social isolation

Turning Points. Imagine a world without suicide was launched today at Parliament House in Canberra with key stakeholders from across the sector, and the Prime Minister.

Read the Press Release.

Helpful resources:

  • To get help 24/7, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.
  • Learn how to identify the signs that someone may be struggling on R U OK’s website.

As part of our commitment to Mental Health, KPMG is proud to have worked pro bono with Suicide Prevention Australia in producing Turning Points: Imagine a world without suicide.


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