October Open Forum

October Open Forum

Join our Guest Speaker Christopher Stone at our October Open Forum.

Christopher Stone from Suicide Prevention Australia will be discussing the four principles to reduce male suicide.

Male suicide is an issue requiring targeted policy and funding attention by all governments. More than three-quarters of suicide deaths occur in males; in 2020, 3,139 Australians died by suicide, 2,384 (76%) of whom were males. Ambulances respond to over 16,800 calls each year from males experiencing suicidal ideation and a further 9,000 ambulances respond to a suicide attempt.

These statistics show clearly that many men are in crisis, current supports are not reaching enough men, and we need to be providing more supports that engage with men specifically. A national male suicide prevention strategy, that incorporates actions by all governments, is needed to ensure concerted efforts to address the underlying issues that might lead men to the point of crisis.

To determine what a national strategy should look like, Suicide Prevention Australia has run multiple consultations with over 30 experts, this includes both lived experience expertise, academics and support providers – representing a broad range of perspectives. The four key principles for a national male suicide prevention strategy will be outlined.

A bit about our guest speaker; Christopher has qualifications in Law and Psychology and has held a number of policy research and analysis roles in the community sector and in government at both national and state levels.

Join the online conversation with Christopher Stone, 7:30pm to 9pm AEDT Wednesday 27th October.

The event is open to everyone. See you there.

Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88084029921