You can openly talk about where you stand in politics and you can talk openly about your ingrown toenail, but to talk about your suicidal thoughts is unprecedented.
#YouCanTalk is the newest suicide prevention campaign, conducted by a number of Australian mental health organisations to help get the conversation open about suicide. The organisations operating together include beyondblue, Black Dog Institute, Everymind, Headspace, Lifeline, ReachOut and R U OK?, all in which individually uphold significant reputations within the mental illness industry in Australia, for continuously generating awareness of mental health. The main concept of the movement is that you don’t have to be a qualified psychologist or doctor to ask how a family member, friend, workmate or acquaintance is, and to use the resources available.
Why is it important for you to talk about suicide?
Getting the conversation started about suicide in such an honest and upfront manner, could simply empower someone you love and care about, to discuss the difficulties they themselves are having; a discussion they may of not be had if you didn’t bring it on.
Suicide is the silent killer, the one that has the ability to pass by unheard and unseen; sometimes, only to be known of when it is too late. The majority of loved ones of suicide victims say that they weren’t aware of the state of mind the individual was suffering in.
You could potentially save a life.
If you are unsure of how to approach the topic of suicide and mental health to an individual, each of the organisations listed previously have resources information on how to appropriately address the subject matter; just click on the respective organisation.
For more information on the #YouCanTalk campaign, head to www.lifeinmindaustralia.com.au