The purpose of this website is to provide support, information and help.
Suicide must be prevented.
Suicide continues to be a major contributor to the cause of death in our society, across both gender and ages. Suicide also has a major impact on other family members, carers and friends for many years to come.
Far North Queensland has a very high representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In this region, the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities have historically been subjected to government legislation which continues to impact on their social health and well being, particularly in the area of suicide. These deaths are a direct result of the ongoing impact of colonization and the impact of low socio-economic status.
This website is a response to suicide prevention to address the issue from the community level, the family or support network level and the ‘person at risk' level.
Interventions aimed at the person at risk may target high risk groups, who may get suicidal thoughts in the future, or they may target those people, who are either expressing suicidal thoughts or showing at risk behaviours.
The website also looks at issues that relate to both completed suicide and to suicide attempts. This section also covers the healing process, which allows people to again get on with their lives.
Having suicidal thoughts at some time in one’s life is a reasonably common occurrence. In the vast majority of cases, this will only be a passing phenomenon associated with a difficult time in one’s life. In most cases, people use strategies to stand up to the suicidal thoughts and remain safe until things improve.
We now know of community strategies that work to reduce the incidence of suicide. We know of strategies that support people that reduce the incidence. We also know the strategies that the person, who has the suicidal thoughts, can take to stay alive.
This website aims to inform the community, so that it can understand and deal with the issue better and has concrete strategies for intervention. By this means, we, as a community, can have an impact on one of the most important health issues that we face.
The Life Suicide Awareness & Prevention Skills Workshops are held regularly by the Dr Edward Koch Foundation. For more details phone 07 40310145.