News

Dealing with suicide in our society

Suicide prevention is a topic our society must meet head on.
Suicide prevention is a topic our society must meet head on.

IT IS an event that can haunt loved ones, cause unfounded guilt and destroy lives, and yet as a society we still struggle to talk about suicide.

For regional communities isolation can often play a role in the feelings of depression and abandonment that can lead to this silent killer.

One organisation taking a bold stand against youth mental health is Ties For Lives.

Bright red-spotted ties are worn by participants to spark conversation and raise awareness of the issue.

The initiative culminates in Fold-It Fridays for the month of November and aims to bring mental health 'out of the shadows' and into public dialogue.

Murray Tomlinson has worked as a pastor for 40 years, 30 of those in regional Queensland, and praised the initiative.

He has worked and lived in Dalby since January 1998 and has been an ear for a great cross-section of the local community.

"It is often people who live at properties or away from central town hubs that can feel like they have nobody to talk to," Pastor Tomlinson said.

"The thing most people struggle with is broken families. People can lose their identity when those support structures go."

 "It is a difficult thing suicide. You can't always pick the people. It's usually the people that don't talk about it.

"You need someone to show interest and love in you as a person and when people feel they don't have that in life….."

In 2010, 2361 Australians took their lives, and it is this sobering figure that mental health staff across the country are trying to combat.

Dalby Hospital offers free and confidential Community Mental Health Services specialising in the treatment of individuals who have or are at risk of developing mental illness.

Anybody wanting to participate in Fold-it Fridays can visit tiesforlives. gofundraise.com.au or join the Ties For Lives Facebook page.

Dalby Hospital offers free and
confidential services at the
Community Mental Health Centre
on Hospital Rd, Dalby. The services
run Monday to Friday. Phone
4669 0501.
■ The centre also offers an
outreach mental health program to
Dalby and the surrounding district,
including child, youth and adult
services, and an outreach program
to Tara and Western Downs.
■ Salvation Army Dalby offers
counselling services and outreach
services across the Western Downs,
phone 4662 2575.
■ Dalby's Lifeline counsellor can be
reached on 4688 3730.
■ You can contact the 24-hour Lifeline
help line on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.
org.au for its online counselling service
which is open between the hours of
8pm and midnight, seven days a week.

Topics:  counsellor dalby lifeline suicidal suicide prevention



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Truck carrying fabric and curtains hits highway culvert

An ambulance was on scene

Semi trailer leaves road and hits culvert on Cunningham Highway

Girls "rescued” from locked bedroom in Warwick

Warwick fire truck

Firies on scene to release girls from locked bedroom

Horse on the loose in Warwick back with owner

Police are on scene

Horse back with owner after Warwick police receive call

Local Partners

Rockies owners consider banning visitors

visitors who vandalise and trash The Rockies waterhole have owners considering banning all users.


T20 might be batters game but no one told bowlers

Steven Lyons bats at Slade Park as WBAS chase the 166 scored by Summers.

Bowlers go well as tight battle on for final spots

Action hots up with semis this morning in carnival cricket

Dale's XI will play Dutch's Rudders at noon on Queens Pary Synthetic today.

The draw for final day of Warwick cricket carnival

No prep is about the dragway surface not the cars

Royden Hardcastle will compete in his 1928 Dodge Senior 6 in the No Prep Kaos meeting at Warwick Dragway this Saturday.

Historic day on Saturday for Warwick Dragway

Jennifer Aniston wants to return to TV

Jennifer Aniston is desperate to make a return to TV

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Why tree-changers want to buy in the Southern Downs

Core Logic property statistics reveal the region's median house price for the Downs dropped 1.5% to $241,250 the September quarter.

Region's median house price drops 1.5% to $241,250

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!