#LanguageMatters – Make a Commitment to Drop the Word ‘Commit’ When Talking About Suicide

Hi Soldier On friends and supporters,

This is a friendly community service announcement.

We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every person across Australia currently doing the #22DayPushUpChallenge. You are making a difference. You are raising awareness about the wellbeing of our veterans. And you are paying a great deal of respect to those brave men and women who have served our country.

We also want to use this opportunity to talk about the language around suicide.

A couple of years ago there was a shift in the way suicide was talked about. The biggest shift was to stop using the word ‘commit’. This is because the word ‘commit’ is usually negatively associated with something – people commit an offence or murder.

Usually when you ‘commit’ something you have done something wrong.

But people who take their own life have done nothing wrong. They needed our help and support, not our judgement.

So we are asking our Soldier On community to make a commitment to drop the word ‘commit’ when talking about suicide. Instead, please refer to people having completed suicide or taken their own life.

#LanguageMatters and we need to all do our part in breaking down the stigma associated with mental health and suicide.

If you find this messaging distressing, Soldier On psychologists are contactable during business hours via psychology@soldieron.org.au. Alternatively, if you would like to speak with someone immediately, including after hours and for crisis support, VVCS is available 24/7 on 1800 011 046 or Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22.

We thank you for your support on this important issue, and we thank you for your continued support in helping us help more veterans with support, services, resources and opportunities.

We hope you have a great weekend.

The Soldier On team