NSW is leading the country in suicide prevention

Last year the NSW government announced it would commit $87 million over three years in new suicide prevention initiatives that address the priorities in its Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-23, and contribute to the Premier’s Priority to reduce the suicide rate by 20 per cent by 2023.

The Highlights

They are providing crisis support, community support and systems support. NSW is actually setting up multiple crisis response services on the ground in communities around the state. 20 Safe Haven services – alternatives to the Emergency Department, 15 Mobile Crisis Outreach teams, 9 aftercare services, 15 counsellors in rural locations. These are new, recurrent services. It is a complete change in the landscape of suicide prevention from the top heavy focus we have had on national organisations/telephone lines, and training, and counting, and short term projects and let’s face it, the negligible funding of suicide prevention in the past.

The NSW government is following AISRAP’s example and setting up a suicide register, only the second in the country. It is going to fund “evidence-based, effective and innovative community based programs” and set up Lived Experience Advisory Groups in each local health district.

Individual crisis care and aftercare support

Community support

Enhancement to models of care, systems and infrastructure

Other initiatives

  • Suicide Prevention Fund
    Funding evidence-based, effective and innovative community based programs.
  • Lived Experience Advisory Groups
    The establishment of a statewide Lived Experience Advisory Group and local health district advisory groups of people with lived experience of suicide to inform the co-design and implementation of the Towards Zero Suicides initiatives.

For help in Australia

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out     http://au.reachout.com/tough-times

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36


Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 pm – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help helpline@sane.org

SANE Australia Helpline  Chat –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10 am-10 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) 1800 187 263

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families





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