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OPINION: Time to face the suicide tragedy

AS suicide rates in Australia continue to sky-rocket it’s about time the Federal Government decided what it plans to do about it.
Nanjing Night Net

The latest statistic reveal suicide as the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 44.

In the past 10 years suicide rates for people aged 55 to 64 increased by 54 per cent.

In reality, these figures translate to lives lost, families destroyed, and a pattern of tragedy that’s affected all of us in some way.

If we’re going to tackle this problem head on, it’s crucial for families to overcome the stigma associated with suicide and openly discuss it.

It’s also time for all of us to talk to our children about mental health and suicide.

Denying there’s a problem isn’t helping. Lifeline is one organisation that understands the enormity of the problem.

Lifeline counsellors handled around one million calls from throughout Australia last year, with many callers contemplating ending their lives.

However, thanks to Lifeline counsellors’ ability to listen, empathise and help, every year countless lives are saved.

It seems ludicrous then to see this worthy charity, which literally saves lives, gearing up to hold yet another fundraising book fair in addition to an air show later this year.

Surely if the Federal Government valued the contribution Lifeline makes it would ensure it was adequately funded.

This year Lifeline Central West expects to receive 36,000 calls from people in need. The money needed to fund the training of new counsellors, and the resources needed to operate a 24-hour counselling service, is substantial.

Now is the time for the rhetoric to stop and the Federal Government to address this national tragedy.

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