Did you know that people in rural and remote Australia are 50 per cent more likely to die by suicide than those living in our major cities? Researchers have found that the rate of suicide in rural Australia is growing more rapidly than that of our cities, and the more remote the community, the higher the suicide rate. Suicide among young Australian men in rural and remote areas is estimated to occur at almost twice the rate as metropolitan areas. For young Indigenous males and females in remote communities, suicide rates may be up to six times higher compared to other Australians.
But suicide does not just impact the person who takes their life. For each life lost to suicide, the impacts are felt by up to 135 people, including family members, work colleagues, friends, first responders at the time of death.
To this end, community members, services providers, interested parties and those bereaved or impacted by suicide are invited to attend a ‘meet and greet’ to explore post suicide support available in South Eastern NSW and hear from those with lived experience of suicide bereavement.
The session has been put together by StandBy Support After Suicide and Thirrili Ltd (Indigenous Suicide Postvention Service).
The event will be in Yass on Friday 17th December at 11am at the Yass Community Centre, 1428 Yass Valley Way.
The session will be followed by light refreshments and opportunities for networking.
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