Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld Ltd
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Suicide – A National Emergency

George was a loving and devoted father to three beautiful children. He had a highly distinguished 30 year career with the Queensland Police Force. He was a popular and well liked friend who had a loving and supportive extended family. That was before George took his own life in 2013.

George’s children, family, friends and work colleagues were all left utterly devastated by the loss of their father, brother, son and mate. They were all left wondering…could anything have been done differently to avoid the tragedy of his suicide. They had all urged him to seek help but he never did.

Would George still be alive if Lifeline had been able to reach out to him in his time of crisis?

People in our community are losing their lives and families are grieving. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged 14 to 44 years of age. In fact, it is a national emergency and we must do more to reduce the number of deaths by suicide in this country and in our region.

The Facts

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have released the latest statistics on suicide (2014), which show figures at a 10 year high with 2,864 people losing their life to suicide. Every day in Australia 8 people are taking their own life. This is greater than the amount of people who die from skin cancer and double the national road toll.

While Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis support line 13 11 14 received an increase in contact with over 1 million calls in 2015, there was also a national increase of 13.5% in death by suicide from 2013 to 2014.

Together; we can change lives; we can save lives

Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland Ltd needs your support now more than ever. We know that isolation and loneliness are very significant risk factors in suicidality. To really encourage people who are struggling with feelings of suicide to seek help and talk to someone, we propose reaching out and connecting with people in crisis in their own homes.

You can help us by supporting Lifeline Darling Downs with a tax-deductible donation and by joining us at an upcoming morning tea at which we will share the message that together we can change lives and we can save lives. At this event Lifeline counsellors and staff will discuss the issues that are impacting on our community, and how you can help a person in need. You can make a difference in the lives of the people in your community.

Your donation to Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld will provide us with the support we need to ensure that help is available to anyone who needs it.

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