All people who
have been admitted to hospital following an attempted suicide and those who
have reached out for help will have access to follow up care and support under a new comprehensive strategy that marks the beginning
of our journey towards zero
suicides in NSW.
Berejiklian and Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies announced nearly $90 million for new suicide
prevention initiatives during
the launch of the state’s first comprehensive suicide
loss of life from suicide leaves families and communities devastated and we
shouldn’t accept the current rates,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Two to three people lose their
lives to suicide in NSW each day, and this has to stop.
announcement provides vital funding and better coordination between the various
support providers and agencies to ensure no-one slips through the cracks.
investment in mental health is possible because of our strong economic
The number of
lives lost to suicide in NSW - 880 in 2017 - is more than double the State’s
road toll and the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 44 years.
said communities at high risk of suicide
will benefit from new or expanded
initiatives from next year including:
services – ensuring all people who have been admitted to hospital
following a suicide attempt have access to follow up care and support
- Emergency Department alternatives – provide
a more suitable alternative for people in crisis, such as designated
‘cafes’ with trained mental health workers at
Suicides in Care – strengthening practices within the mental health
system to eliminate suicide attempts by people in care
community mental health outreach teams – to increase capacity to respond to calls to the NSW Mental
- New support
services for people
bereaved by suicide
– to prevent
‘clusters’ of further suicides, especially among young people.
building within local communities – engage communities to participate
in suicide prevention, with particular focus on Aboriginal communities
- Enhance the Rural Adversity
Mental Health Program
– to provide
additional counsellors for people in regional and rural areas
- Improved collection and distribution of suicide
data in NSW
these initiatives to have the biggest impact on suicide in NSW the State has
ever seen and will ensure that we reduce the number of lives lost to suicide in
NSW,” Mrs Davies said.
integrated, community-led activities are more effective in suicide prevention
than standalone, isolated activities that are not well linked.
“This is about providing
our communities with the most effective tools so they have the strength, resilience and capacity to
prevent and respond to suicide.”
known as the Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018- 2023 was developed by the Mental
Health Commission of NSW and the NSW Ministry of Health, in collaboration
with people with lived experience of a suicide attempt or suicide bereavement,
government agencies, mental health organisations and experts in suicide prevention.
If you or someone you know needs crisis support please call Lifeline 13
11 14, MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78, or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800. For
mental health services in your local area phone the NSW Mental Health Line on
1800 011 511.