How we can prevent others from self-harm
- Self-harm was the cause of 12 in 100,000 deaths in 2014
- Transport accidents accounted for 5.7 deaths in 100,000
- There were 2861 deaths by self-harm
- 2157 of those were males and 704 were females
NATIONAL statistics show self-harm is at a 13-year high but Mackay Grapevine Group president Laurence Manning has a strategy that can help - safeTALK.
"It has been found that people provide invitations for assistance and also provide warning signs showing that they are at risk," Mr Manning said
People did not want to self-harm but sadly believed it was the best result for them, he said.
"In a lot of cases, but not all, suicide can be prevented."
The safeTALK program trains people to recognise who is at risk, how to recognise these invitations, what to do next and how to ensure people get access to proper care.
"One of the typical (signs) is a change in behaviour.
"So they may become depressed, introverted - or people who were previously introverted, isolated and down suddenly appear happy.
"Behaviour is a key one," he said.
The average person would not be trained to pick up on the invitations for assistance, Mr Manning said.
However, the internationally recognised safeTALK self-harm prevention workshop, started by LivingWorks, trains parents, carers, friends and people from all walks of life to do just that.
"It's about providing information to people on how to prevent suicide.
"Hopefully this program will have an impact on those statistics," he said
Australia Bureau of Statistics 2014 data shows Australia's self-harm rate is 13.5% higher than it was in 2013, and was the highest cause of death for those aged 15-44 years.
Mr Manning compares safeTALK to campaigns that aim to lower the road toll or prevent skin cancer deaths.
"People are aware of melanoma and what causes it and how to prevent it.
"It a similar thing with road accidents, seat belts, speeding and drinking," he said
"I would like to think that safeTALK has a similar approach in that it provides preventative training.
"A common analogy I use is comparing the road deaths to the suicide rate. I think they are almost double," he said.
The two-and-a-half-hour safeTALK program has been brought to employers and now the Grapevine Group is concentrating on bringing it into schools, for children 15 and older.
This is something that began in October last year with Grapevine's Brekky Wrap.
For more information on safeTALK go to: http://www.livingworks.com.au.
If you or anyone else you know needs support phone one of these numbers.
Lifeline: 13 11 14
beyondblue: 1300 224 636
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978