In 2018, there were 786 suicides in the state of Queensland (a decrease on the 804 recorded the previous year but still far too many). That’s 15 Queenslanders lost to suicide each week and almost 80% of these are men. Furthermore, Lifeline Australia estimates that there are over 60,000 suicide attempts each year nationwide.
By participating and fundraising in Do a Trek to Connect you will help save lives through Wesley Mission Queensland suicide prevention initiatives, including:
- Marcus Mission – further growth and development of a MENtoring and resilience building program specifically to reach young men (18-44yrs). Thanks to previous Trek To Connect fundraising, Marcus Mission has been established on the Gold Coast and Bundaberg with other areas in South East Queensland to follow over the coming year.
- Suicide Prevention Training - Tailored evidence-based workshops and presentations adapted to suit a range of audiences including businesses, community members and health workers to enhance the support people receive.
- Mental Health of Older People - Depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide are unfortunately common among older people in Australia. It is known that men aged over 85 have the highest suicide rate in Australia, and 52% of all permanent aged care residents have mild, moderate or major symptoms of depression. At Wesley Mission Queensland we commit to improving the mental health of our ageing community members - identifying those most at risk and providing them with high quality mental health support to enable them to flourish in their later years.
Suicide has devastating impacts on families and communities. We need your help to bring about change to those who need it the most.
1Mindframe, Australian suicide data