Support for people after a suicide attempt will continue to be available in the Newcastle region with a $750,000 boost from the NSW Government, Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies announced today.
Hunter Primary Care will receive the funds to help carry on the vital trial program The Way Back Support Service - a specialised team offering one-on-one practical support to people after a suicide attempt, following discharge from hospital.
“Suicide has a devastating impact on every community in NSW and we need to offer support and hope during this period of high risk and vulnerability,” Mrs Davies said.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald commended the service’s simple but powerful approach.
“We must continue to provide opportunities for local organisations such as Hunter Primary Care, to deliver suicide prevention strategies that meet local needs,” Mr MacDonald said.
CEO of Hunter Primary Care, Dr Kevin Sweeney, says the The Way Back Support Service is fully funded by beyondblue and the Movember Foundation until the end of 2017 and this additional funding from the NSW Government ensures the trial will continue.
“Clients tell us the fact that someone takes the time to listen, and is willing to care, is one of the most valuable things to get them through the difficult time after a suicide attempt,” Dr Sweeney said.
The service receives almost 50 new referrals a month and is part of the Lifespan Suicide Prevention Trial, aligning with the NSW Government’s decade long, whole of government reform of mental health care.
If you or someone you know needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.