Media Release: Peak body welcomes Coalition plans and funding pledges to support Australians to stay alive

26 June 2016

Australia, 26 June 2016: Suicide Prevention Australia welcomes The Coalition’s $192m suicide prevention and mental health plan announced today. This follows last weekend’s announcement of support for suicide prevention and mental health by the Australian Labor Party.

SPA CEO Sue Murray says of the announcement, “Lives depend on us recognising suicide prevention as a key national issue which requires the commitment of all parties supporting Australians to stay alive. At this time, when we face the highest suicide rate in 10 years, the commitment to funding and action is exactly what is needed.”

“The Coalition has not at this stage endorsed the goal of a 50% reduction in suicide deaths. We believe that setting this goal is essential to galvanise government, business and community action as has occurred in Scotland and other countries. That said, we welcome the commitments announced today that are, in the most part, aligned to our Election Manifesto for Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Commission Review Report recommendations.”

Key points include:

  • $12M to establish a fund for targeted suicide prevention research, as suggested in the National Research Plan for Suicide Prevention
  • Commitment to funding 12 regional suicide prevention trials, as suggested in the National Mental Health Commissions Review
  • Support for a Crisis Text service design and trial led by SPA member Lifeline
  • Funding to open an additional 10 headspace centres to support our youth
  • Investment into Synergy project to advance technology capability
  • Continued funding for six early psychosis centres
  • Grant to College of Mental Health Nurses to fund workforce development strategy
  • National Mental Health Commission reprising its role as the independent statutory authority.

What are other parties saying about suicide prevention? Read our summary.

What are our members and colleagues saying? Read our summary.

Download the Suicide Prevention Australia 2016 Election Manifesto

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26 June 2016
Media Release - Peak body welcomes Coalition plans and funding pledges to support Australians to stay alive Australia, 26 June 2016: Suicide Prevention Australia welcomes The Coalition’s $192m suicide prevention and mental health plan announced today.