We came across this segment on ABC’s Australian Story on Monday night, about Donna, who’s whole world unravalled in only 10 days, resulting in her jumping off Brisbane’s Story Bridge, attempting to take her own life.
Outwardly she seemed so put together. She had a successful career, a happy family, and there was no history of any mental illness commonly associated with risk of suicide.
After returning to work from maternity leave, she was given the opportunity to lead a team at work, as well as dealing with a new IT system being installed, which left her feeling like she was not coping, and thinking that she was about to lose her job, she thought her family would be better off without her.
Donna was lucky enough to get a second chance at life when she was rescued after her fall.
This segment highlights that, with the right set of circumstances and the wrong kind of thinking, suicidal thoughts can happen to just about anyone and how seeking help can save a life.
65,000 Australians attempt suicide each year.
Donna’s experience shows how it’s possible to feel different to how you may be feeling right now. There is hope.
If you or anyone you know feels the need to seek help, please contact the following organisations:
Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Headspace 1800 650 890
Hear about Donna’s story and how she turned her life around following on from her suicide attempt, to now offer support and advice to those in similar situations – http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2017/s4711347.htm