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Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business

Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter | Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business

Suicide and suicidal behaviours bring with them massive human, social and economic impacts. A conservative estimate for the economic cost of suicide and suicidal behaviour on the Australian community is $17.5 billion every year. Every day in Australia, more than seven people die by suicide and a further 160 per day are admitted to hospital after a suicide attempt. By way of comparison, road accidents in 2011 accounted for less than four deaths per day. In some occupational groups the rate of suicide is far greater than work-related accidents. Like road deaths and work-related injuries, most suicide and self-harming behaviour can be prevented.

Originally launched in 2007, Lifeline Hunter Central Coast's Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) has helped thousands of local people with its three pronged approach to suicide prevention—Prevention, Intervention and Postvention (Bereaved by Suicide). The CSPS has enabled us to conduct community training promoting awareness of those at risk of suicide, one-on-one counselling for those at immediate risk of suicide and in supporting the people in our region who are bereaved by suicide.

“Sometimes it helps to just know that someone is listening, that you never have to be alone”
- Lifeline Counsellor

The three distinct components of the Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Service are:

  • Prevention -Incorporates LivingWorks safeTALK, life skills training the support of suicide prevention networks, and an annual participation in World Suicide Prevention Day.
  • Intervention -Incorporates LivingWorks ASIST, individualised counselling and referral.
  • Postvention -Incorporates counselling and care calls, distribution of information and support packs, the facilitation of Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Groups, an annual Suicide Memorial Service and community education.

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day the September 10th each year. It provides an opportunity to discuss suicide prevention openly and respectfully, whilst allowing our community to be brave and to actually say the word suicide.

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast hosts an event each year in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day. Join us to show your support:

Our World Suicide Prevention Day event this year is being held on Friday 8 September 2017. We will be conducting an Out of the Shadows into the Light dawn walk from Dixon Park Beach to Merewether Baths, followed by community event in Dixon Park.


Suicide is a tough, confronting subject. It is sobering, serious and saddening to talk about. Understanding when, how, why and who should talk about suicide is important. Being able to go out into our community and provide opportunities for people to explore this complex issue via education programs such as Livingworks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, allows for appropriate discussions to occur and for people to learn a valuable life skill in keeping someone with thoughts of suicide safe.

We need to be able to connect with those people with thoughts of suicide and those bereaved by suicide, by providing support, appropriate resources, care and listening. By making suicide prevention everybody's business, we can change attitudes and connect with those in need in our own community.

World Suicide Prevention Day
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Lifeline Hunter Central Coast is 55% self-funded and your support is vital in helping us continue to offer crisis support, counselling, and suicide prevention programs within our region.

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Client / Participant Testimonials

  • Brian

    "You really did save my life tonight. I was very very close to doing something silly."


  • David

    "I thought no one could help me and I felt so desperate,
    but talking to someone was the first step to getting my life back."


  • Ian

    "The perspective offered in my lowest moments,
    gave me the strength to continue at moments when I could otherwise have given up."


  • Jenna

    "I never knew it would bring so much relief to talk to someone who cared"
  • John

    "Thank you for that information and thank you for talking to me.
    I actually feel a bit better getting it out of my system and saying how I really feel."
  • Kathy

    "I want to compliment Lifeline for the professional and caring approach. I was very impressed with the service I received yesterday.
    I'd also like to say that many years ago Lifeline literally saved my life when I was in a very dark place. Thank you."
  • Katie

    "Thanks heaps for your help, I feel calmer and a lot less like harming myself now."
  • Matt

    "I even feel better typing to you tonight - I feel like I have taken some action.
    I was a bit scared of calling; but find online chatting less scary. What a great idea."
  • Renee

    "Thank you for having such wonderful people taking time to help others."