News

Lifeline’s desperate call for more suicide prevention funding

Getting ready for Walk the Walk, Andrew Virtue, Joane Ryan, Annie Petty, Nancy Casson, and at front right Niall Mulligan,  Lifeline Northern Rivers centre manager. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / Northern Star
Getting ready for Walk the Walk, Andrew Virtue, Joane Ryan, Annie Petty, Nancy Casson, and at front right Niall Mulligan, Lifeline Northern Rivers centre manager. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

LIFELINE is calling for public support to put pressure on the Federal Government to double its suicide prevention funding following new figures that show suicides have reached their highest rate in a decade.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show an increase of almost 13.5% in just one year, from 2013 to 2014.

Suicide on the increase

In 2014, 2864 people took their own lives, the equivalent of eight people per day.

Figures from the Northern NSW Local Health District show the Northern Rivers has a significantly higher than average rate of suicide compared to the state.

Niall Mulligan from Lifeline Northern Rivers called on the local region to get behind the campaign, stating the importance of a whole-of-community approach to suicide prevention.

"These are very challenging statistics and reflect a disturbing reality," he said.

"Along with increased funding there is a clear need on the Northern Rivers for a community-wide, inclusive Suicide Prevention Network that would bring together government, NGOs and community groups working in the area of suicide prevention."

Northern NSW highest rate

In 2012, 723 people died by suicide in NSW, making the rate 9.8 per 100,000.

In comparison, Northern NSW had a rate of 15 per 1000,000.

Lifeline's launched its online campaign today seeking one million signatures calling for the doubling of suicide prevention funding.

Lifeline Australia CEO Pete Shmigel said it was time for the Federal Government to acknowledge the growing national suicide emergency and provide adequate funding to support lifesaving services, research and initiatives.

"We know the profound impact that suicide can have on individuals, families, friends and whole communities," he said.

"In seeking a million signatures through this campaign, we want to empower everyday Australians to join together and take important steps towards the goal of stopping suicides.

Double the road toll

"The number of deaths by suicide is more than double the road toll, and yet government funding for road safety is double that for suicide prevention.

"Furthermore, while we have seen a 25 per cent decrease in the number of motor vehicle deaths over the past 10 years, the number of suicides has increased significantly in this time.

"By sharing Lifeline's online petition via social media or email, we have the opportunity to create a groundswell of support to show the government that we as a community care about this issue, we do not accept this needless loss of life and we want to do something about it."

Resources needed

Mr Shmigel said that while Lifeline will receive more than a million calls to its 13 11 14 crisis line this year, the national charity does not have the resources to answer every call immediately.

"We are disappointed and even heartbroken when someone has to wait for extended periods as a result of our lack of resources, but my message to those people is to please hang on the line or try calling again later - you will get through. We greatly value the community's support so we can answer every call at all times of day all year long."

To sign Lifeline's petition today, visit prevent-suicide.lifeline.org.au/sign.

For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.

Topics:  lifeline lifeline northern rivers suicide suicide awareness suicide prevention



Man refuses to clean up after using asbestos in new driveway

Council investigated after complaints about noise, dust

Thousands of jobs for the Northern Rivers

Page MP Kevin Hogan at the Pacific Highway construction site at Woodburn.

Highway upgrade is "great news for our community"

Ten fantastic things to do in the Northern Rivers

CIRCUS ARTS: Superheroes and Supervillains will battle at out at the end of year show.

Superheroes, Carols, dance parties and golf this week

Local Partners

Man refuses to clean up after using asbestos in new driveway

A 70-YEAR-OLD man has received a hefty fine after council investigated the matter following complaints about noise and dust.


Ten fantastic things to do in the Northern Rivers

CIRCUS ARTS: Superheroes and Supervillains will battle at out at the end of year show.

Superheroes, Carols, dance parties and golf this week

Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Local acts to hit the stage at Falls Byron

Angie Jeann and Merryn Boller watch Falls Director Brandon Saul and GM of Top Shop Aaron Montano strum a few tunes.

Artists from across the Northern rivers set to go on stage

WATCH: The young Aussie actor playing Barack Obama

A screenshot of the trailer for Barry, a new film from Netflix.

Aussie teen nails Obama's early university years

Boy George named as a coach on The Voice Australia

Iconic pop star Boy George is to appear as a coach on 'The Voice'

The first Baywatch trailer is here, and it's hilarious

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

DWAYNE Johnson and Zac Efron star in TV series reboot.

Sir Mick Jagger a dad again at 73

Mick Jagger... dad again at 73

Ageing rocker obviously still getting Satisfaction

Doco tells the story of Aussie surfboard pioneers

Gordon Woods (far right) in a 1966 ad for his surf shop. He is the subject of a documentary about the Brookvale Mafia airing on Foxtel.

THE Brookvale six were united in the love of their craft.

Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!