Business, Government & Community Connect to Address the Issue of Suicide Prevention in Australia

1 June 2013

Today, Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) the peak body, brings together Australia’s leading researchers, practitioners, policy makers, business leaders and those with lived experience in an effort to reduce suicides in Australia.

In Australia two and half thousand people take their life every year and the majority of these are 30-55 year old men of working age.

Sue Murray CEO Suicide Prevention Australia said “Australia is recognised as a world leader in suicide prevention and we believe it is the time is right for our community, Government and corporate sector to come together in a Collective Impact approach to effectively to reduce the rate of suicide”.

Suicide Prevention Australia is coordinating a national approach using the US model of a Collective Impact. We will have Government, business and community organisation coordinated and working towards one agenda, of reducing suicides in Australia.

Already the Collective Impact approach has been successfully implemented, bringing together Government, Corporate and Community leaders to provide Sydney’s homeless people in Woollomooloo with new custom built homes.  

“This is the time to adopt a new approach to address the serious issue of suicide rates affecting Australia’s youth, the ageing population, the workforce and other important groups,” said Sue Murray.

The theme for the National Suicide Prevention Conference, from 24-26 July at the Sofitel Melbourne is, Collective Impact: Partners in Prevention.

This evening, SPA will be announcing the winners for the 10th Annual LiFE Awards recognising excellence in suicide prevention. The Awards are a prestigious national event that attracts nominations from all areas including business, industry, media, community, government, youth, research and medicine – all with an interest in suicide prevention.  
 

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The Hon Jacinta Collins, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, is opening the Conference –  2:50 pm at the Sofitel Hotel on Collins Melbourne
Sue Murray, CEO Suicide Prevention Australia about the conference and 2013 LiFE award winners being announced at 7 pm at the Sofitel Hotel on Collins Melbourne

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About Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA): SPA is the peak body for the suicide prevention sector in Australia. SPA works collaboratively to develop a community that knows how to ask for help and how to give help.  As the lead agency of the National Suicide Prevention Coalition, we build and facilitate partnerships to reduce the stigma around mental illness and suicide, and to assist the healing for people with lived experience of suicide attempts and suicide.