Media Release: Peak body welcomes NSW Government funding for community driven suicide prevention

21 June 2016

 Australia, 21 June 2016: Suicide Prevention Australia, lead agency for the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention, welcomes NSW Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Pru Goward MP NSW Budget announcement of $1.8m for mental health, including $8m funding for community driven suicide prevention. 

SPA CEO Sue Murray says of the announcement, " The NSW Government has today shown support for a model of change Suicide Prevention Australia and the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention have long been advocating; coordinated, regional suicide prevention.”

Key points supporting suicide prevention include: 

  • Suicide Prevention Fund of $8m being made available to Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) working in NSW communities to prevent suicide (across suicide prevention, intervention and crisis management) 
  • $3 million to continue to support LifeLine to provide vital crisis services 
  • $500,000 specialist suicide prevention training for 10,000 non mental health clinicians. 

“Government and national organisations like Suicide Prevention Australia can only do so much. We are pleased to see government recognise the value in successful and sustainable suicide prevention being driven at a community level, complemented by State and national coordination. It is our job to support Australian communities to build their resilience and capacity for prevention.”

In October 2015, the NSW Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Pru Goward MP launched an online toolkit for small towns and local communities called Communities Matter. This was a resource developed by Suicide Prevention Australia and the NSW Mental Health Commission in partnership with a number of prevention experts and community stakeholders. We look forward to today’s announcement adding to this growing wealth of knowledge and community action. 


Media Contact: Kim Borrowdale 0406 149 099 kimb@suicidepreventionaust.org 

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