beyondblue launches resources

04 March 2015  Connect

beyondblue has launched a new set of practical resources for people recovering from a suicide attempt and their family and friends.

beyondblue and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health created the new resources which feature real-life experiences of people who have attempted suicide or supported loved ones in their recovery.

The three new booklets, proudly funded with donations from The Movember Foundation, include:

  • Finding your way back – for people who have attempted suicide
  • Guiding their way back – for people supporting someone after a suicide attempt
  • Finding our way back – specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (developed with input from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals).

Unlike previous suicide prevention resources, these booklets include frank accounts and practical advice from people who’ve attempted suicide, and suggestions for families and friends on what they can do to support someone in their recovery.

beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennett AC acknowledged that the first three months after a suicide attempt are critical in people’s recovery as they are at a very high risk of a further attempt.

“It is very disturbing that between 15 and 25 per cent of people who have tried to kill themselves will attempt suicide again. We hope these booklets will provide practical guidance to those people, prevent them from floundering and assist them in their recovery,” Mr Kennett said.

It is estimated conservatively that at least 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt each year; about seven Australians die by suicide each day, of whom five are males. Of all suicides in Australia, which has an average rate of 11.2 per 100,000 people, 75 per cent are male. Further to this, national data identifies Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men aged 25–29 years as having the highest rate of suicide, approximately four times greater than their non-Indigenous counterparts

The booklets have been tested in pilot studies in Darwin and Newcastle and have really resonated with people who have attempted suicide.

The resources were developed after people who had tried to take their lives reported they would respond positively to timely advice and strategies from those who had been in a similar situation.

The Finding your way back, Guiding their way back and Finding our way back booklets can be ordered online or downloaded at www.beyondblue.org.au/thewayback