Research plan takes action on suicide
Lifeline Australia welcomes today’s release of the National Research Action Plan for Suicide Prevention as a catalyst for greater investment into lifesaving knowledge generation.
Lifeline Research Foundation Executive Director Alan Woodward said that Lifeline, as a member of the national coalition behind the plan, fully supports the new blueprint for suicide prevention research.
“Lifeline understands the importance of an evidence-led approach to crisis support and suicide prevention services,” Mr Woodward said. “Since 2010, the Lifeline Research Foundation has been working to develop a stronger knowledge base around the use of crisis lines and online crisis support services, particularly in the Australian context.
“The research shows that services like Lifeline’s 13 11 14 and online Crisis Support Chat play a vital part in suicide prevention. For people experiencing a suicidal crisis, these services provide immediate relief from distress, instil a sense of hope that compassionate support is available, and reinforce a person’s confidence to cope with and address the issues in their lives.
“The National Research Action Plan will build on inroads made in this space through collaboration with key organisations, researchers, stakeholders and people with a lived experience of suicide.
“The plan highlights the potential for more research to identify the best ways to promote and deliver crisis support services such as Lifeline, and to reach individuals and groups that perhaps are not using the services or have particular needs.”
The plan was released at the launch of World Suicide Prevention Day at Parliament House in Canberra.
“While we have seen an underinvestment in this area for too long, the government now has an opportunity to join with the sector in tackling suicide as a key public health issue, affecting the lives of thousands of people in our communities,” Mr Woodward said.
“Together, we can achieve more of the priorities outlined in the National Research Action Plan for Suicide Prevention. This is because greater knowledge and better evidence makes a real difference in the delivery of services – it saves lives.”
For more information on the National Research Action Plan for Suicide Prevention, click here.
For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.