The Senate has today passed a motion acknowledging World Suicide Prevention Day, urging all Australians to help shine a light on suicide prevention.
“The statistics show us that suicide is getting worse in Australia and so we must keep “shining a spotlight” on this issue.”, Australians Greens spokesperson on Mental Health Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“Unfortunately as a nation we still have a long way to go to address suicide, to ensure that people are able to look after their mental health, to reduce stigma, to be able to access quality services when needed and ensure people in rural and remote areas and First Nations Peoples also have quality services.
“Our role as parliamentarians is to ensure that we are looking after all Australians. This is a confronting issue, but we must not back down.
“Mental health and suicide prevention have to be embedded in every part of our lives, at schools, in the workplace, in our community and we can’t wait until people are at crisis points to act.
“As the Senate motion recognises it is better to reach out than avoid the person for fear of getting the conversation wrong.
Quotes attributable to Senator Janet Rice, Greens LGBTIQ+ spokesperson
“LGBTIQ+ Australians are at a disproportionately high risk of suicide and poor mental health compared to the rest of the population.
“LGBTIQ+ young people are five times more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetime. This is even more pronounced for the trans community, with almost one in two young trans people having attempted suicide, six times higher than young Australians in general.
“If the Prime Minister is serious about addressing mental health as, he cannot do so while supporting those that discriminate against and stigmatise LGBTIQ+ people.”
The motion reads: