When dealing with the disturbingly high incidents of suicide we need all the resources we can muster.
Faith based organisations have always been at the forefront of helping people in their time of need, yet there is a growing trend to block Christian organisations from playing their role of caring for individuals if they dare offer any spiritual encouragement or guidance.
Suicide Prevention Australia has called for the immediate implementation of the ‘National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy,’ given suicide rates within this group are 2.5 times higher than with non-indigenous. The ‘strategy’ document claims it is holistic, but in a community where 73% identify as Christian it doesn’t include any faith component whatsoever.
To help people deal with suicidal tendencies they need to develop a purpose for living beyond themselves. For many, faith can be a great help in achieving this, so to eliminate it from a strategy is short sighted.
Family First will support all worthwhile initiatives that help to reduce suicide rates and deal with the root causes that lead people to contemplating suicide as their only option.
Rod McGarvie, Senate Candidate Family First