#YouCanTalk Encourages Aussies To Talk About Suicide
#YouCanTalk is a joint national suicide prevention campaign giving people the confidence to respond to their friends and family when they need help.
Reach Out, Beyond Blue, Every Mind, Headspace, Lifeline, Black Dog and RU Ok Day join forces to encourage people to speak more openly about mental health and suicide.
Beyond Blue CEO, Georgie Harman says "it is important to see ourselves at the frontline of suicide prevention, to talk about it, and to listen. The whole premise of the campaign is that ‘You can talk about suicide’.”
"If you feel uncertain, if you think there's any risk of suicide you can actually ask the question 'Are you having thought abouts suicide?' And then you need to be prepared for that answer to be yes," she says.
"What you do then is you don't try and fix the problem, you don't try and solve it there and then, you just sit and listen, and you don't judge and you ask open questions."
IMPORTANT: What to do, what not to do if someone seems depressed or is talking about suicide. My Faves: don't remind them of all they have got (me: it could be interpreted as you think they are ungrateful or selfish or that no one understands), make sure they are safe #youcantalk pic.twitter.com/z4sGAW14Fh— Chloe Booker (@chloebooker) July 19, 2018
More advice and resources can be found at https://www.lifeinmindaustralia.com.au/youcantalk
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