Time to talk

A new suicide prevention program is encouraging health care professionals to help support their patients’ mental health

#YouCanTalk is urging all Australians to play a more active role in preventing suicide in their own communities.

It is a collaboration between Beyond Blue, Black Dog Institute, Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention, Everymind, headspace, lifeline, ReachOut, Roses in the Ocean, R U OK? and SANE Australia.

Together, these organisations have collaborated with Michelle Bridges, Barry Du Bois and many others to show their support for the campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sIoZZ8TIuE

During this holiday period, the #YouCanTalk Alliance is calling on all Australians to play a more active role in preventing suicide in their own communities. The campaign launches today, on Wednesday, December 4 and run for two weeks.

Australians have told the participating organisations they want to do more to prevent suicide in their local communities but are unsure of how to do so.

The research has also revealed a common misconception held by many Australians that one has to be a medical professional in order to talk to someone about suicide.

Campaign materials will aim to increase the confidence of Australians to talk about suicide and connect them to necessary tools and support. This will encourage them to be #YouCanTalk’s ‘eyes and ears’ by helping to notice signs early and save more lives.

The campaign will also let individuals who are experiencing thoughts of suicide know that it is okay to talk about how they are feeling and that there is support for them to do so at www.lifeinmindaustralia.com.au/youcantalk.

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