Extension of suicide prevention trial sites to support regional Australians
Lifeline Australia has today welcomed the announcement of four more regional suicide prevention trial sites, while highlighting the need for national leadership to support Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and other stakeholders.
CEO Pete Shmigel said he was heartened by Federal Health Minister the Hon. Greg Hunt MP’s comments on 7.30 last night, as it showed a genuine commitment to tackling the Australia’s suicide emergency.
“Local and tailored solutions are the way to go – and are stronger when supported with national guidance,” Mr Shmigel said.
“This announcement of four more trial sites – in regional areas with high suicide rates – shows that the Federal Government is focussing on key areas of need in seeking to deliver national suicide reduction outcomes through local service delivery.
“We need this strong leadership backed up by a sound national suicide prevention plan, one that addresses social, emotional and psychological protective and risk factors and sets priority targets.
“This means taking a renewed focus to supporting susceptible groups such as people being discharged from hospitals, middle-aged men, Indigenous people, regional and rural people and LGTBIQ people.
“There is also the need to explore how technology, mixed with good old-fashioned compassion and empathy, can stop suicides in these regional areas – an approach that Lifeline has taken over the past 50 years.”
The Federal Government’s 12 regional suicide prevention trial sites have now been announced, and include:
• Western New South Wales*
• Central Queensland*
• Geraldton region in Western Australia*
• Brisbane North
• North Coast NSW
• North Western Melbourne
• Perth South
• The Kimberley
• Country South Australia
*announced last night
For more information, see the Health Minister’s announcement here.
For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp
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