“The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. In Australia more than 2500 people die each year with latest figures (2014) telling us that 2,864 Australians took their own life. Research also tells us that some 65,000 think about attempting suicide each year. This tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who are impacted by or exposed to suicide and the pain it brings when… it touches our lives.” (WSPD, 2016)
In honour of World Suicide Prevention Day efforts, we’d like you to help us create a positive ripple effect, covering as much distance as we can, raising awareness of suicide prevention across Australia (or wherever you may be in the world). Over the next 12 months, Her Fearless Heart will be aiming to cycle 2500km, reaching out to communities and individuals who have been touched by suicide in their lives. Our aim is to provide love, support and understanding, while also educating others of the sheer reality and magnitude of this issue.
If you would like to take part in Psychling for Suicide Awareness, simply grab your bike and download our fact sheets, posters and handouts (below) for distributing within your local community. If 2500km seems like too far, or perhaps you need a bigger challenge, feel free to change the distance to suit your needs. Perhaps you could get a group of friends together and create a team to help motivate each other to achieve your goal! Furthermore, if you are finding it difficult to reach your goal, remember that the aim of this campaign is to raise awareness of Suicide Prevention, so as long as this is achieved, your efforts will still remain a success!
If you would like to go that extra distance, ask your family and friends to sponsor your ride or collect donations to help out your favourite Suicide Prevention charity.
Printable resources for within Australia: