Community Suicide Prevention
Every 3 hours in Australia, someone takes their life by way of suicide (ABS, 2015), of this, 15 more twelve to seventeen year olds make an attempt (Orygen, 2017). Here at Mind Blank we believe that behind each and every one of those suicide statistics is a loved one, and behind each of those lost loved ones are devastated families friends and colleagues.
A Personal Story
“I felt powerless. Its too painful for me to speak of how abandoned I felt. I wanted an out. I share my story now because I now am in a better place. I want you to know that no matter what you are I am not alone!
"I remember it all happened in such a blur. I was struggling with depression desperately. I wanted to pick up the phone and tell someone but I couldn’t. I lay helpless. I was one of the lucky ones because just when I was ready to give up I was saved. I was interrupted by an unexpected visitor who came to visit my house that day. I cried in their arms for hours.
"Now that I have been through the worst, I honestly feel like nothing compares to the challenges I have faced. I thank my friends and family for inspiring me to face the demons of my past ... I consider myself to be a survivor of the battlefield of depression and victor, I look back on things past and realise I have changed for the better and have come so far and still have a long way to go ... I'm truly, truly grateful that my friend got me to speak to the school counselor. I have never looked back since”
Jarrod 17, NSW
How We Help
Our solution here at Mind Blank is prevention, education, and advocating help seeking pathways. We want to expose people to strategies that will help themselves and their peers in times of need. We want our young people to speak up about their wellbeing. Our events encourage them to speak in a non-threating environment. We hold hope that mental illness and depression are not subjects of taboo to be swept under the carpet, but spoken about without shame. For those who suffer, to know that it is okay to talk about it and that there is help available.
Mind Blank continues to partners with community organisations to implement proactive solutions in areas all over Australia. If you would like Mind Blank to come to your area we want to hear from you.
For more information on Mind Blank programs click here.
Recognition and Awards
In October 2017 our work in NSW was acknowledged when we were announced as winning a Mental Health Promotion and Wellbeing award presented by the Wayahead Mental Health Association NSW. We pride ourselves in planning for a strategic sustainable impact. We are committed to sourcing credible supporters and working alongside well known established service providers. In November 2017 we had the pleasure of hosting federal Minister Greg Hunt Minister of Health to a Mind Blank event. It was here that he gave his endorsement and commended our efforts. We look forward to continuing our rapport with the Minister in 2018.
For more information on our program evaluations click here.
If You Need Immediate Help
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back 1300 659 467
Are you are a parent or carer for a young person in need? More information can be found here.