At 11.30am AEST Thursday 10 September Minister Ley will officially launch World Suicide Prevention Day in Australia (Senate Alcove at Parliament House, Canberra).
At the event, Suicide Prevention Australia will also be launching a National Research Action Plan with the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention calling for the Government to kickstart the research fund.
This is the first year that World Suicide Prevention Day shares the same day as R U OK?Day. Read the press release (including VNR/ANR links) for more on their call for regular, meaningful conversations and public awareness campaign inspiring hope and gratitude called ‘Thanks For Asking’.
WATCH VIDEO: Official WSPD Launch Message from IASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention) President Professor Ella Arensman
SPA Director and National Coalition for Suicide Prevention Chair says of the National Research Action Plan’s release: “The Coalition is working to reduce suicide deaths by half over the decade. To do this, we need to invest more strategically. The plan being launched today provides the framework to improve the research environment.
Saving lives saves money but as I know in business to make money you need to spend it, you need to make the long term investments required to make the return and this investment needs to begin with research
This sector is living hand to mouth and from funding contract to funding contract. Our colleagues are doing everything they can to prevent Australians from taking their lives but the reality is that they do not have the (coordinated) resources to do what needs to be done.”