I WRITE to you on behalf of the not-for-profit Postvention Australia - National Association for the Bereaved by Suicide.
We are a new organisation operating across the nation to specifically support people in all communities who have been bereaved by suicide.
We understand clearly it is not a topic people want to readily talk about, however the figures sadly speak for themselves.
It is now estimated suicide impacts at least 200,000 Australians. Seven Australians die by suicide every day and 178 attempt it.
Self-harm and suicide is one of the leading causes of death in 15 to 24-year-olds. So many communities are affected.
Those traumatised by the loss of a loved one to suicide are frequently denied a voice.
The mission of Postvention Australia is to reach out to the bereaved by suicide and do our utmost in giving them hope and to bring them back into the community.
A new website offers practical and helpful information to people who have been affected by suicide.
We urge readers to look at the website and learn more. What we know at Postvention Australia is that hope saves lives.
Find out more at www.postventionaustralia.org.
When people have the information they need, they can help others and it is important communities take more steps to help people who have been affected.
ENVOY ALAN STAINES