Lifeline Trials Welcomed as a New Approach to Suicide Prevention
Lifeline Australia today welcomes the launch of four regional trials in New South Wales under the new LifeSpan research program developed by the Black Dog Institute, which includes the Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention.
In three out of four of the trial sites, Lifeline has joined local consortia to operate the trials - in the Hunter, Central Coast and Illawarra/Shoalhaven regions. A fourth trial site will be established in the Murrumbidgee region.
“Lifeline is pleased to be part of these trials, joining others to apply a new, more integrated approach to suicide prevention,” Executive Director of the Lifeline Research Foundation, Alan Woodward says.
“LifeSpan brings together evidence based strategies to reduce suicides and suicide attempts and adopts a ‘systems approach’ to implement these strategies together in a regional context.
“Lifeline strongly supports community based action for suicide prevention. For more than 50 years, Lifeline has been working in communities with people towards a common vision of An Australia Free of Suicide.
“It is especially encouraging that the establishment and evaluation of the LifeSpan trials will include people with lived experience of suicide and loss so that their insights and expertise are utilised.
The LifeSpan approach is consistent with the recommendations for improvements in suicide prevention from the National Mental Health Commission for regional action that is coordinated across government health services, private business, community and charitable sector organisations.
“Black Dog Institute has developed an approach that combines scientific research methods and measurement with the involvement of people and organisations in order to make a real impact in reducing suicide,” Mr Woodward says.
Lifeline commends the Black Dog Institute for its leadership in fostering innovation and a results-based focus to suicide prevention, in recognition that suicide in Australia has not decreased for more than a decade.
Lifeline acknowledges the generosity of the Paul Ramsey Foundation for providing $14.5m in private funds towards the LifeSpan trials, demonstrating its commitment to making a contribution towards suicide prevention in Australia.
For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/get-help.
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