Why Is The Number 26,722 So Relevant To Suicide?
Written by Steve from Man Anchor
26,722 is the number of Australian lives lost to suicide over the ten years between 2008 and 2017. Unbelievable, mind-blowing, shocking and tragic are all the words that came to mind as I calculated this figure.
Together we can help to ensure this number is reduced over the next decade by starting simple conversations about Mental Health. With each conversation we have with our friends, family and work colleagues we chip away at the perceived stigma and barriers, we create an opportunity for someone to reach out and remove the mask that they may be hiding behind.
We can take for granted that the people in our lives know we are there to support them. But do they know this? It’s important we don’t assume and instead start the conversation.
The conversation can be as simple as:
“Did you know 26,722 Australian lives were lost to suicide over the last ten years?”
“You know if you ever need to talk to someone, I’m here to listen and support you”.
Or just asking “Are you ok?” – even if it is a quick text message.
This simple 30-second conversation is all it takes to let them know you are open to talk without the fear of being judged.
You can also begin to make some changes to your life.
It’s important to remember that just like physical health, your mental health or mental wellness takes work. If you imagine your physical health is on a spectrum - one side is poor physical health, and the other is good physical health, it takes effort and work to keep you on that right end of the spectrum. Well, this is no different with your mental health and sometimes we can neglect this, which is an integral part of everyday well-being.
Tips for keeping yourself in great mental health:
➜Get regular sleep
➜Eat a healthy diet
➜Limit your alcohol intake
➜Set yourself achievable goals
➜Keep in touch with friends and family
➜Do what makes you happy
➜Understand your limitations
➜Control your work environment
➜UNDERSTAND THE SIGNS
➜SEEK HELP IF YOU NEED IT
“A simple conversation could potentially save a life.” ⚓️
LIFELINE 24/7 📞131114
Man Anchor is super excited about their Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course, which launched in October 2018. The MHFA gives the participant the skills and confidence to identify and support someone who is maybe dealing with mental health condition or crisis until they can seek professional clinical treatment.
Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of support has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
Just like a medical first aid course, it’s not a skill you will need to call on every day but when you do it could potentially save a life.
For enquiries and registration, or to book for your organisation, please call Steve from Man Anchor on 0405 420 413.