World Suicide Prevention Day

Words: Jenni – Palette
Body Painting: Paint For Purpose

In Aotearoa we have one of the highest youth suicide rates in the developed world. This year our suicide rates have risen once again.

Suicide, in itself, is not a mental illness. There are many reasons why people take their own lives, and these reasons are all extremely complex.
The one commonality however, is that an individual who ends their life has reached a point where they genuinely feel there is no other option but to do so.

This day is not just about raising awareness of suicide, but preventing it from ever occurring, and we cannot prevent suicide without first preventing the causes.

Causes such as

– isolation and lack of connection

– family violence, child abuse and bullying

– poverty

– prejudice, discrimination and cultural insensitivity

– staying silent due to a mental health stigma

We all have to play a part in ending these causes.

Be it by talking with our neighbours, whānau and friends, offering support and encouragement.
Sharing our own experiences, increasing connection.
Calling out all forms of discrimination, violence or bullying.
Challenging negative language or attitudes around mental health.
Signing petitions to tackle poverty, donating to food banks, refuges and community centres.

Because there is hope.

There is always another option.

There is always something to live for.

Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865
Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.

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