When: 5:30-7pm, Monday 10th September
Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne
Facebook event here
As politicians pay lip service to mental health, we find ourselves yet again in the heartbreaking position of holding a vigil to mark recent deaths of asylum seekers. Three deaths by suicide have occurred in this last week – an Iraqi man, a Tamil man and a Hazara man have all dies as a consequence of Australia’s detention policies. In a bitter irony, this day is also World Suicide Prevention Day. Dutton needs to be sacked immediately – his brutal reign as the Minister for Home Affairs needs to end.
This vigil will pay respects to those recently deceased, and highlight the harm that Australia’s detention system does to the mental health of those seeing asylum. There have been numerous deaths, including by suicide, in both onshore and offshore detention centres, as well as by those left scarred by their experiences currently living in the community on uncertain visas. There have also been many acts of self-harm and attempted suicide, including by children.
Nazir Yousafi, president of the Victorian Afghan Association Network(VAAN) and Shamama Association
Samantha Ratnam, leader of the Victorian Greens
Join us in demanding a different way of treating asylum seekers and refugees. We do not have to put people through the trauma of indefinite detention; we can, and should, provide safe passage to those seeking our help and meaningful support and certainty once they are here.
If you or someone you know is in need of crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp