Suicide Prevention Australia contributed to the development of the Draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan, taking suggestions from Member feedback, the Australian Response to the World Health Organisation global report on suicide and from meetings of the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention to provide a submission to the working group on the plan, earlier this year.
Members of Suicide Prevention Australia have also made submissions on the development of Fifth National Mental Health Plan – and are encouraged to individually comment on the Consultation Draft. In this briefing note, we have set out three key themes around which we suggest you frame your feedback at a face to face workshop or online.
The Draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan represents both a continuation and development of prior five year plans agreed to across Federal and State/Territory Health Ministers for action and priorities on mental health. The Plan is accordingly a statement of contributions and accountabilities health portfolios can deliver on towards agreed national goals. The Plan does not establish head of government commitments, but it does form the basis for monitoring results by individual State/Territory Governments and the Federal Government, as well as define the linkages for collaboration across tiers of government.
It is essential that suicide prevention remains core to reform of the health, mental health and other related services and portfolios. We must also keep the person at the centre of every change being discussed as part of this reform. We must listen to lived experience of mental health and suicide prevention, and make meaningful use of this experience in implementation plans.
I encourage your professional and community networks to provide feedback on the Plan from a suicide prevention perspective. You are welcome to forward this briefing note to your stakeholders so as to inform their submissions. It is essential that our collective expertise is heard during this consultation process. Please ensure you have your say.