Media Release: Ensuring community voices are heard in national suicide prevention plan

16 March 2017

16 March 2017, Hobart:  Suicide Prevention Australia today hosted an opportunity for the community sector and members of the public who have been personally impacted by suicide to contribute to the 2025 Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention.

Suicide is a complex social problem however too often it is simplified to being the result of mental illness. We must address the complexity of suicide as a serious public health issue and invest in a national plan that stays true to regional delivery and person-centred care coupled with national leadership and accountability. This national plan must be mandated by a National Suicide Prevention Act and success measured by a National Office for Suicide Prevention.

Suicide Prevention Australia CEO Sue Murray said of the State-based consultation, “We have seen unprecedented political support for suicide prevention in recent months, most notably consultation on the Fifth National Mental Health Plan. We want to ensure community sector voices across the country are heard when it comes to implementation of reforms.”

Head of Policy and Member Engagement, Stephen Holland, said of the work being undertaken, “This is too important to be a piece of paper that gets signed off and filed away in the halls of Government. We want to see the work done by SPA members and colleagues reflected in a national action plan that is sustainably funded. Thousands of lives depend on their voices being heard.”

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Media Contact: Kim Borrowdale 02 9262 1130 kimb@suicidepreventionaust.org

Overview of the consultation process: In February 2017, a National Coalition for Suicide Prevention workshop, convened by Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA), initiated discussion on a 2025 framework for suicide prevention. This builds on the Government commitment in the Fifth National Mental Health Plan Consultation Draft 2016, “developing a whole-of-government national suicide prevention plan’’. Read the SPA submission re feedback on the Fifth Plan.

The discussion at the workshop outlined a proposed strategic framework to lead to a reduction in the national suicide rate in Australia. SPA is now developing this further through a series of statewide community sector consultations over the next three months. Consultation will involve the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention, SPA organisational and associate members, leading associations in mental health and suicide prevention, SPA’s national Lived Experience Network, the Federal Department of Health, Primary Health Networks, and leading researchers in the field.

We will also be sending out an online survey in April 2017 as part of the consultation process. 

About Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA): SPA provides national leadership 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 change attitudes and harness the voices of professionals and those with lived experience of suicide attempts and suicide. www.suicidepreventionaust.org

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16 March 2017
Suicide Prevention Australia today hosted an opportunity for the community sector and members of the public who have been personally impacted by suicide to contribute to the 2025 Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention.