world suicide prevention day

About WSPD

World Suicide Prevention Day is an international awareness day observed on 10 September each year to drive commitment and action to prevent suicide.

“Take a Minute, Change a Life” is the theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2017.

  • Every day in Australia we lose eight people to suicide.  Eight people – every day.  That’s 3027 annually.
  • It is estimated that there are 65000 suicide attempts made each year in Australia
  • 60% of suicides are not related to a mental illness

The theme for 2017 is “Take a minute, Change a Life”

Roses in the Ocean will once again host a large scale World Suicide Prevention Day event in Brisbane.  Join us in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall for an informative awareness event, speak with local community organisations and service providers, listen to live music, get involved in different activities through the day!

Date:Friday, September 8th
Where:Queen Street Mall – Main Stage area
Brisbane CBD
When:10am – 2pm

In 2017, the concept of placing “roses in the ocean” has been adopted as a global initiative by IASP (International Association of Suicide Prevention).

PLACE a rose in the ocean this WSPD to:

  • Acknowledge and honour those who have died by suicide
  • Show that it is okay to reach out and connect with others in understanding, acceptance and support, and
  • Demonstrate your willingness to play an active role in suicide prevention.

POST your photos on instagram, facebook and twitter  – @rosesintheocean   #wspd   #IASP  #stemthetideofsuicide

This symbolic event is something that can be done by a group, family or just an individual.  It involves placing a rose in the ocean (river, creek, lake or dam) on WSPD in honour of those lost to suicide or struggling with suicidal thoughts, feelings or behaviours.

Roses are a beautiful and dignified flower, yet their thorns add complexity which require careful handling.  They are symbolic of our deepest emotions: love, friendship, sorrow, hope. The ocean, with its waves crashing upon the shore and calmer waters out deep, provide a symbolic platform of the turbulence felt by people who are coping with a difficult stage in their life, and indeed for some, coping with suicidal thoughts.

Read more about Roses in the Ocean and their activities at