I’ve been working on an article on suicide, but I’m finding it hard to get it done.
It’s not a subject that we usually want to talk about or even think about.
But it is a subject that needs to be raised because suicides, in western countries especially, account for a significant number of deaths each year:
- According to the US charity American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, nearly 1 million Americans attempt suicide every year;
- In the UK, the the Samaritans tell us, there is a suicide death every 85 minutes; and
- In Australia, the Black Dog Institute points to the fact that more than 25% of deaths of men in the 20-24 age group are suicides.
Just to build on that last point, almost everywhere in the west, 3 to 4 times more men die by suicide than women.
So, while I’m wrestling with my detailed piece on suicide, I wanted to raise the subject and point to a resource for a particularly vulnerable group of men, who may find this useful at a particularly trying time of year.
Dads in Distress
Dads in Distress is a support service for divorced and separated dads here in Australia.
It will be offering a special service for dads over the Holiday period.
Contact Dads in Distress on 1300 853 437 or enquiries (AT) dadsindistress.asn.au (substitute @ for AT).
Please add details in the comment below of any similar services where you are.
National Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
“Crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide, 24 hours per day 7 days a week across Australia”
Other Help Lines
Lifeline (National) – 13 11 14
SANE Australia Helpline (National) – 1800 187 263
Suicide Helpline (VIC) – 1300 651 251
Mensline (National) – 1300 789 978
Kids Helpline (National) – 1800 551 800
Telephone helpline: 0845 790 9090
1850 60 90 90 if you are in the Republic of Ireland
Anonymous E-mail: [email protected]
For Children and Youth:
Childline: 0800 1111
National 24 Hour Suicide/Crisis Lines:
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)- handles both crisis and suicide calls
Covenant House (Adolescent): 1-800-999-9999
Lifeline 24 hour counselling
Lifeline 24/7 Helpline: (09) 5 222 999
Kidsline: 0800 KIDSLINE (0800 543 754)
Chinese Lifeline: 0800 888 880
Suicide Prevention Helpline: 0508 TAUTOKO (0508 828 865)
Go to the Suicide Prevention website and find your local crisis center.
Go to the Depression in Men main catgory page;
Go to the Depression Help TooDepressed.com home page.