As 2017 draws to a close, we’re showcasing the topics which resonated most strongly with the community.
Suicide is a sensitive topic: there continues to be some stigma when it comes to discussing suicidal thoughts, suicide misconceptions, and bereavement following a suicide. The most visited topics demonstrate the support people need.
Below are some key takeaways from 2017 and links to relevant content to learn more.
Top topics of 2017
- Support someone following their suicide attempt. How to support someone else following a suicide attempt is a common reason people reach out to SuicideLine Victoria.
- Tips to manage your online behaviour. Smart phones and social media are a part of modern life, whether we like it or not. For those who don’t like it, or who maybe like it a bit too much, these are some very simple tips to curb your usage.
- Stop looking at profiles and websites that make you sad
- Don’t get stuck: be aware of your habits
- It’s okay to log off, delete the app, deactivate or shut down.
- Recognising the warning signs. Noticing changes in behaviour can make an incredible difference. This article has some tips to make sure you know what to look out for
- We heard from a lot of community members, parents in particular, when 13 Reasons Why aired on Netflix late March 2017 in Australia. Opinions were divided nationally, and sometimes generationally, on the significance and potential impact of the show. One thing is certain: opening up a dialogue with our kids is invaluable, and you can get some tips from the headspace team on how to engage here.
- Suicide safety plan. Our team of counsellors work regularly with people who need help outlining some tools to stay on top of how they’re feeling.
If you are worried about how you’re feeling or about someone else, please call our team of SuicideLine Victoria counsellors anytime: we are here all day every day 1300 651 251.
If it is an emergency, call 000.