House debates

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Statements by Members

World Suicide Prevention Day

1:30 pm

Photo of Tim WilsonTim Wilson (Goldstein, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

World Suicide Prevention Day raises awareness of the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 44. Many Australians live with the emptiness of losing a loved one and the questions that follow. As members in this place will know, no family is immune. The member for Berowra delivered a moving reminder in his first speech, and, a little over a year ago, a tragedy befell my family with the loss of my brother-in-law, Shane Bolger. No honour can comfort Sandra and John for the loss of their son; Robert and Joe for their stepson; Marie for her grandson; Ros and Jeff for their nephew; Katrina, Meaghan and Sally for their cousin; and Ryan for his brother. There will always be sadness from the love not shared, even though we give thanks for the love that was. It's a reminder that prevention sits on all of our shoulders. So on World Suicide Prevention Day we do shine a light. Our responsibility, year-round, is to extend an open hand in the hope that others won't follow.