World Suicide Prevention Day is on 10 September 2017 and the theme this year is Take a Minute, Change a Life.
Take a Minute, Change a Life
The day is about taking the time to notice what’s happening with your family, friends and workmates. Are they struggling to cope? Is someone less chatty than usual? Is a friend avoiding social occasions they usually enjoy? Is a co-worker struggling to meet deadlines when they are usually on top of everything?
If you’ve noticed something isn’t quite right with someone you know, take the time to ask them how they are going.
Our lives today are so busy and we have a lot of distractions, but the day is about taking a minute to look up from our devices and notice the people who are in our life. We can check in with them, ask them how they are doing, listen, and encourage them to tell their story.
We need to look out for people who aren’t coping. Simply by taking a minute, you can change a life.
If you need to talk to a counsellor, call Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.
If it is an emergency, dial 000.