Sydney Rotary Resilience Program
We all share the responsibility of preventing the unnecessary loss of life though suicide.
In partnership with Sydney Rotary Resilience Program and families of those who have lost a loved one, Rotary Club of Sydney will raise awareness and funds to support and nurture the development of a local suicide prevention network. Working together, we can make a difference to tackling suicide at the grassroots of our community.
Impact of suicide in our communities
In Australia, 2,865 people died from suicide in 2016, 65,000 people attempted suicide and more than 400,000 thought about it. Many more people have been impacted by the loss of a loved one. With suicide rates currently outstripping the road toll each year, our communities have never been in more need of support.
In Sydney, inner Sydney has the highest suicide rate (298 suicides in 2007-2016), including a disproportionate number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Focus areas include:
- Potts Point and Woolloomooloo (52 suicides in 2007-2016)
- Redfern and Chippendale (44 suicides in 2007-2016)
- Waterloo and Beaconsfi eld (43 suicides in 2007-2016)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people make up 3% of our population, yet ATSI children and youth account for more than 25% of all suicide deaths in this age group.
Empowering our communities
One of the most effective ways of raising community awareness is to guide and empower people to develop their own plans to prevent suicide. Suicide prevention networks aim to support the community to become dedicated to preventing suicide. These networks help communities take ownership of their local challenges and work towards real solutions to address suicide in their area.
What is the solution?
By partnering with Sydney Rotary Resilience Program, Rotary Club of Sydney will provide a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention by working across the areas of prevention, intervention and postvention.
In collaboration with Sydney Rotary Resilience Program, we can achieve change by educating and empowering the community to build a network with local people, tackling local problems with local solutions.
The program aims to help communities reduce suicide and provide support to people in inner Sydney by:
- Working collaboratively to engage the community
- Establishing and developing a suicide prevention network
- Raising awareness of suicide in the community
- Developing local plans and activities
- Providing suicide prevention training
- Providing bereavement support
- Belonging to a national movement of community action
How can you support this program?
Your support is needed to establish and develop Sydney Rotary Resilience Program, a 12 month inner Sydney community suicide prevention program, by fundraising $70,000 to set up the program and additional funds for suicide prevention training.
We need your support and commitment to bring positive change to a vulnerable community.