Creating Hope Through Action – World Suicide Prevention Day 2021

Central Australians will be demonstrating how we are working together to create hope though action for World Suicide Prevention Day, 11am Friday 10 September on the Council Chamber Lawns.

‘Creating Hope Through Action’ is the theme for this year’s event. It acknowledges that many individuals and organisations are working on suicide prevention initiatives in our communities and providing support to people to overcome their challenges.

The event is being organised by the Mental Health Association of Central Australia and the Central Australia Life Promotion Network (LPN). The LPN is formed from a range of community members and organisations committed to suicide prevention.

“Suicide has touched all of us here at Children’s Ground, and we’re keen to play our part in creating hope through action. We see that hope and action is in our culture. Our culture is intrinsically connected to our identity of who we are as First Nations people, whether you live in a city, town or remote,” said Tyson Mpetyane Carmody, Children’s Ground.

“We want our children and young people to know that they are not alone, that they are loved and that we work together for their future. We want to acknowledge all of the work being done in this community, Mparntwe, to support those impacted by suicide. We look forward to being a part of that action with everyone here to continue to create hope,” said Tyson Mpetyane Carmody.

“We have the highest rates of suicide on the continent in the Northern Territory. Suicide impacts all of us. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to gather and honour those we have lost, acknowledge those that have experienced suicidality and bereavement, and demonstrate the care and support that is available in our community,” said Helen Lambert, Manager Health Promotion, Mental Health Association of Central Australia.

This free whole of community event will be held 11 am-1 pm Friday 10 September on the Alice Springs Town Council Chamber lawns.  There will be music from local singer songwriter Paul Ah Chee, stalls and activities from community organisations, a smoking ceremony, welcome to country, speakers from the community, a free BBQ lunch and a flower ceremony.

If you require support or need to talk to someone please call:

  • Lifeline 131 144
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

If it’s an emergency, please call 000.

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