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Lifeline Tasmania – You Can Help Prevent Suicide

Story posted: June 19th 2017

Lifeline Tasmania – You Can Help Prevent Suicide

On Thursday, June 8th Lifeline Tasmania launched the first in a series of 30-second commercials to help stop suicide and its devastating impact on the Tasmanian community.

The campaign will equip Tasmanians of various ages and backgrounds with the skills needed to support a friend, neighbour or loved one experiencing personal crisis.

Lifeline Tasmania Acting CEO, Carolyn Pillans, described the campaign as both innovative and complimentary to the broader range of suicide prevention services and initiatives.

“Last year, across Australia Lifeline handled around one million interactions via its 13 11 14 crisis line and online Crisis Support Chat service. As confronting as this statistic may be, the important thing is that these people sought and received help during their time of need,” Mrs Pillans said.

“Despite the incredible work being done by community services organisations and the primary health sector, youth suicide continues to have a devastating impact on families and communities.

“For that reason, we’ve decided to focus the first three messages in our campaign on young people. It’s about equipping our youth with valuable skills that they’ll carry with them throughout their life,” said Mrs Pillans.

Thursday’s launch coincided with a visit to Tasmania by the Lifeline Australia CEO Pete Shmigel.

“We wholeheartedly endorse the proactive approach being taken by Lifeline Tasmania to promote suicide prevention at a local level,” said Mr Shmigel.

“This initiative is about taking an innovative approach to promoting open and non-judgemental conversations about suicide. It sends the important message that if you know someone who might be struggling – be it over a relationship, workplace stress or a financial situation – there is something you can do to help keep them safe.”

Filmed and produced entirely on location in Hobart, more film clips are already planned and will be tailored to older people experiencing social isolation, the rural community and various minority groups.

You can view the first three clips here, here and here.

For more information, you can contact Lifeline Tasmania here.

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