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[SPECIAL GUEST] Preventing Suicide: What can you do to help?

On Thursday the 29th we will have Kim Borrowdale from Suicide Prevention Australia online to chat with us.

 

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You can read a bit more about what Suice Prevention Australia does by clicking here

 

 

And this is a photo of Kim Smiley Happy 

 

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Kim is a senior communications specialist who works for Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA). Her Job is to give people and even whole organisations the information they need about suicide prevention.  

 

SPA is not a help seeking service. It's okay to ask for help though, if you need help, then Get in contact with someone who can talk to you one on one by clicking here

 

Kim is a really awesome human being who cares a LOT about this topic. She has a lived experience of suicide that has given her a strong personal motivation to make a difference.

 

Kim reckons that not everyone has to be a communications expert like her.

 

She does however believe that every single one of us has a responsibility to learn how to have safe and supportive conversations about suicide and suicide prevention in our communities.

 

Have you ever wanted to know more about how to talk to someone about suicide? Are you wondering what you can do to help? Do you want to know what you can do to help communities be better at preventing suicide? Now's your chance to ask some questions! 

 

Ask your question here

 

 

And join us on the 29th of October at 9pm AEST to talk about this very important topic!

 

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Preventing Suicide: What can you do to help?

Hey everyone!

 

Welcome to tonight’s InfoBus session!

 

 

Tonight we have Kim Borrowdale ( @Kimb ) from Suicide prevention Australia with us.

 

 

Also helping out are @safari93 and @tsnyder

 

We're talking about a topic tonight that is a little bit more tough times than in our usual GR sessions!  If this topic is particularly triggering for you, then it's okay to switch off and come back later. We'd encourage you to have chat to someone at KHL or Lifeline about it too! 

 

If you are having thoughts of suicide or if you have a plan, then it's important to talk to someone about it, have a chat to Suicide Call Back Service right now or reach out for help by talking to one of these people, it's okay to ask for help!

 

We got a fair few questions tonight, so we'll share as many of those questions as we can fit in, have a chat and then get Kim's amazing help to learn a bit more by sharing her answers!

 

We'll share answers to questions that we don't get through tonight at the end of the chat Smiley Happy


Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Preventing Suicide: What can you do to help?

We had a few questions that were very similar to this one, so I thought we'd share this one first:

 

You asked:

 

"How do i start a conversation with a person i am worried about? How do i make sure they are okay?"

 

Before we share Kim's answer, we want to know what you think?

 

What are some good ways to start a conversation with someone you're worried about ?

 

How do you make sure someone is okay or safe? 

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Preventing Suicide: What can you do to help?

hi everyone! im doing multiple things at once so im sorry if i forget to respond! 

//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//
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Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Preventing Suicide: What can you do to help?

Hi @j95, great to see you here!

 

What are some good ways to start a conversation with someone you're worried about ?

 

How do you make sure someone is okay or safe? 

 

It can be really sensitive depending on the situation, but "are you okay" or "how are you" seem like good places to start?

What does everyone else think?

 

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Preventing Suicide: What can you do to help?

Hey @j95 ! Feels like I haven't chatted to you in ages!  

 

Hey @stonepixie @safari93 @tsnyder

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Preventing Suicide: What can you do to help?

What are some good ways to start a conversation with someone you're worried about ?

I don't think it has be a proper sit down conversation, even just mentioning that you've noticed changes in them is a good start.

How do you make sure someone is okay or safe?

I'm not sure about this so I'll have a think and come back to it.
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Preventing Suicide: What can you do to help?

yeah i agree @Ben-RO
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Preventing Suicide: What can you do to help?

What are some good ways to start a conversation with someone you're worried about ?

I think this might depend on the person, but I think it's best to try and get to the point quickly. It might be good to start by saying that you're worried about them, and what they've been doing that would have been bothering you, and then maybe lead into the point. But the worst is going around in circles to avoid touching on what you're worried about - it's just confusing and frustrating

 

How do you make sure someone is okay or safe? 

From the situations that I've been in before, I'll either be with the person or check up on them periodically to make sure that they are, but that's usually when I've heard the person say that they cannot be persuaded otherwise or don't want to be. Otherwise, being in regular contact could help, or just talking through it. At the very least, staying in contact can help

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Preventing Suicide: What can you do to help?

I agree @j95, a big sit down convo doesn't always seem to be the best approach.  That being said, being sincere is also important!