Each suicide is a tragedy. The grief and loss of a loved one to suicide also heavily impacts the lives of many families, friends and communities across NSW. Suicide is a complex problem and we -- as individuals, communities, the private sector and government -- need to take focused and coordinated steps to reduce suicide deaths and provide greater support across NSW communities.
Towards Zero Suicides is a $143.4 million investment over four years from 2022-23 in initiatives that address priorities in the Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention and contribute to the Premier’s Priority to reduce the suicide rate by 20 per cent by 2023.
The Towards Zero Suicides initiatives seek to provide leading best practice crisis care and support, build on local community resilience and improve systems and practices to reduce the suicide rate in NSW. This investment builds on the $87 million investment in Towards Zero Suicides from 2019-20 to 2021-22.
The initiatives being rolled out across NSW under the
Towards Zero Suicides Premier’s Priority and the
Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention are responsive to the needs of each community. Together they provide a holistic approach to suicide prevention. The initiatives include: