One in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide (WHO, 2021). It can affect every one of us. Each and every suicide is devastating and has a profound impact on those around them. However, by raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide around the world. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of suicide and to promote action through proven approaches that will reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally.
‘Creating Hope Through Action’ is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us; that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling. Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention. Through action, you can make a difference to someone in their darkest moments – as a member of society, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour. We can all play a role in supporting those experiencing a suicidal crisis or those bereaved by suicide.
How Roses in the Ocean got involved
Roses in the Ocean’s team members had the pleasure of connecting with community on Friday 8 September for our annual #WorldSuicidePreventionDay event at Queen Street Mall, Brisbane. Under the theme of Creating Hope Through Action, we had the privilege of collaborating with several organisations who came out in force to show their support for local community. The day provided an opportunity for people to share their own stories and to receive the gift of a rose as a reminder they are heard and cared for.
A huge thank you to the inspiring organisations who joined us on the day and of course to the wonderful Red Tie Band duo Dave and Emma who helped curate a beautiful atmosphere for the day, and our talented chalk-drawer Mace who brought to life a vision of what we can all do to Create Hope Through Action.
Joining us in support on the day was:
We have created a range of simple to use resources to assist you to host a World Suicide Prevention Day event in your workplace or community, including event planners, check lists, letters to local MPs and businesses requesting support, promotional poster templates and much more.