Overcoming the Stigma of Suicide

The stigma of suicide has a profound impact on suicide prevention. It contributes to reduced community awareness of the issues related to suicide and suicide prevention, restricts help-seeking behaviours for people who are suicidal, impacts the resourcing of appropriate services, inhibits the grieving of those bereaved by suicide, and adds to the burden of those with lived experience. Despite this, there have been no comprehensive measures taken to improve this situation nationally. Suicide Prevention Australia has produced this position statement to examine the origins and impacts of the stigma and, applying knowledge of suicide (much of it from those with lived experience), proposes that the stigma of suicide can and should be challenged and reduced.