Australia, 28 July 2016: Suicide Prevention Australia welcomes the Victorian Government’s release of a Suicide Prevention Framework today, a key priority set out in the State’s 10 year Mental Health Plan announced last November.
SPA CEO Sue Murray said of the release: “We are pleased to see State endorsement of our shared goal to halve suicides in ten years. We look forward to working together to put their stated principles, such as co-design services and systems in partnership with people who have lived experience, into practice. Members of our Lived Experience Network have a wisdom that must be heard.”
"These initiatives are in line with the World Health Organisation’s strategic priorities and those of the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention, led by SPA, which is calling on all governments to put the emphasis on supporting the person in crisis, their families and support networks. As recommmended by the World Health Organisation we must ensure all relevant stakeholders are taken into account in delivering comprehensive suicide prevention. Local community approaches and trials must also include non-clinical approaches to reduce suicide as well as those bereaved by suicide."
According to the Framework $27 million will be invested in two key suicide prevention initiatives:
- Local community approaches which help support communities implement strategies such as workforce training, school-based support and mental health literacy programs within six local government areas (Mornington Peninsula/Frankston, Brimbank/Melton, Whittlesea, Mildura, Latrobe Valley, Ballarat)
- Support for intensive community based trials for people who have attempted suicide. These will take place in six locations throughout Victoria (Peninsula Health, Alfred Health, St Vincent’s Hospital, Barwon Health, Geelong, Maroondah Hospital, Wangaratta Hospital)
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