Reducing distress in the community following the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is a watershed event in the history of Australia and the world: challenging our public health systems and experts, and bringing unprecedented shifts in our global economy, society and how we live as families and individuals. Australia has, however, emerged from the pandemic much stronger than most.

We are uniquely placed to rebuild our economy and society more rapidly than many other countries around the world. The Australian Government, in partnership with private and not-for-profit sectors, can now proactively set in place the foundations necessary for a healthy and flourishing Australian society. The National Mental Health and Pandemic Response Plan has sent a strong signal that the Australian Government intends to embark on this effort. However, we are signalling policymakers to consider the underlying factors that bring distress in our community.


Turning the Tide: a six point plan for change

Our vision at Suicide Prevention Australia is a world without suicide. We can only achieve this vision by addressing the root causes of distress, and this requires a collective effort from everyone in the Australian community.

On World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 we published our Turning Points white paper, highlighting the gig economy, rising consumer debt and relationships as areas of emerging risk. We then embarked on an intensive program of consultation with consumer groups, industry, people with lived experience and the suicide prevention sector to present six solutions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly shifted the social and economic landscape in Australia. It's now even more important for Government, employers, and the broader community to consider the solutions we're proposing.

Our solutions for change, co-designed with people from across the community, will help turn the tide on distress and build a well, happy Australia for years to come.


Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health

The Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Mental Health system presents an unmissable opportunity for reform. Taken together, the Commission’s Inquiry, the Commonwealth Government’s ‘Towards Zero’ ambition for suicide rates in Australia, the appointment of a National Suicide Prevention Adviser and the Mental Health Royal Commission in Victoria constitute a watershed moment for suicide prevention. The critical task for us as a nation and community is to take advantage of this opportunity and reshape the system to drive down Australia’s suicide rate.

Suicide Prevention Australia developed this submission in response to the Draft Report released by the Productivity Commission Inquiry. We are confident the measures we have proposed in this submission will help shape the Final Report into a prime tool for Government and the sector to make real progress on a Toward Zero suicide rate.

Together, we can achieve a world without suicide.


2018-2019 Annual Report / Year in Review

On reflection the past 12 months has seen remarkable progress relating to government funding for suicide prevention, political engagement and leadership. So if we were to use two words to capture 2018-19, they’d be ‘change’ and ‘momentum’. Not only has Suicide Prevention Australia experienced internal reshaping, renewed focus and strategic growth but the political landscape has also shifted. There is no doubt that suicide prevention has gained political momentum and we are determined to harness this appetite for action.


Turning Points: Imagine a world without suicide

This white paper is a pivotal piece of work that Suicide Prevention Australia developed with KPMG. Turning Points: Imagine a world without suicide examines the emerging trends in housing, finance, employment and relationships and their likely effect on Australians in the coming decade.


National Policy Platform

Launched in April 2019, SPA’s National Policy Platform advocates for immediate changes to government policy architecture.
Better cross-portfolio coordination is essential to address the social, economic, health, occupational, cultural and environmental factors involved in suicide prevention.
We are also calling for improvement in the collection and management of reliable data and a comprehensive suicide prevention workforce strategy.
The National Policy Platform outlines solutions to effectively and sustainably support suicide prevention in Australia.