Lifeline Tasmania’s Annual Out of the Shadows World Suicide Prevention Day Event Goes Virtual

Friday 10th September, 2021, marks World Suicide Prevention Day. Lifeline Tasmania annually hosts an Out of the Shadows Walk to bring communities together, recognise the day, reflect on those we have lost, and to bring the conversation about suicide out of the darkness and into the light.

This year, to ensure our events are COVID-safe and accessible to all, most of the Out of the Shadows events across Australia will be run virtually. Lifeline Tasmania is supporting the Out of the Shadows Virtual Garden. The virtual garden allows people across Australia to plant a flower of remembrance or hope in the garden, leave a message for others, read what others have written, and make a donation to Lifeline: www.outoftheshadows.org.au

Lifeline Tasmania CEO, Debbie Evans, spoke about the significance of the Out of the Shadows virtual and community events in reducing suicide and for those who have lost someone to suicide.

Losing someone to suicide can be devastating for families, friends, and communities,” said Debbie, “while many of us may not be able to connect physically together this World Suicide Prevention Day, we hope that our Out of the Shadows virtual garden can be a place of coming together, remembrance, hope and the sense that you are not alone while we are physically apart.”

Tasmanians can also attend community organised events in Devonport and Burnie, which will be supported by Lifeline Tasmania’s Standby Support After Suicide Service. Tasmanians can find information about their local community organised walk at https://www.outoftheshadows.org.au/local-walks

At Lifeline Tasmania, our vision is a Tasmania free of suicide. Each day, 9 Australian lives are lost to suicide, and events such as Out of the Shadows can help change the conversation around suicide, reduce the stigma, and let those who are struggling know there is hope and support,” said Ms. Evans.

Our thoughts today are with those who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, struggling with their mental health, or have lost someone to suicide,” said Lifeline Tasmania CEO, Debbie Evans. Lifeline Tasmania wants every Tasmanian to know, no matter what they are going through, you are never alone and there is help and support available.”

Lifeline’s 13 11 14 service once again saw the highest call volumes in its 58 year history recorded in August. Lifeline Tasmania is proud to continue to be a part of providing this Australia-wide service, as well as offering a Tasmania specific service run by Tasmanian support workers, for Tasmanians struggling with their mental health, A Tasmanian Lifeline on 1800 98 44 34 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

Lifeline Tasmania’s message is simple:

Ask. Stay & Listen. Get Help!

  • If you see someone experiencing personal crisis, ask them directly, “Are you thinking about suicide?” This shows them that you care and encourages them to talk.

  • Listen closely and let them express their feelings. Stay with them or find someone else reliable to stay with them.

  • Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or dial 000 if life is in danger. And get support for yourself too.

    Anyone that needs support this World Suicide Prevention Day, can be sure that Lifeline will be there for them 24/7 on 13 11 14 or if they wish to speak to a fellow Tasmanian, they can call A Tasmanian Lifeline on 1800 98 44 34 8am-8pm, 7 days a week,” said Debbie.