Black Dog Institute applauds political support of suicide prevention
Published: 22 May, 2016
The Black Dog Institute applauds the $72 million announced today by the ALP for a systems approach to suicide prevention.
Every year, over 2800 Australians die by suicide and a further 65 000 make an attempt.
According to Prof Helen Christensen, Director of the Black Dog Institute and the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, we have the knowledge to save thousands of lives.
'We applaud the $72 million announced today by the ALP for a systems approach to suicide prevention. We are also encouraged by the verbal support given by the Liberals and Greens in previous weeks.'
'We must not forget that suicide is preventable, and support and funding for evidence-based programs will save lives.
In 2015, Black Dog Institute received $15 million of private funding from the Paul Ramsay Foundation to implement Australia’s first integrated suicide prevention trial in NSW.
It is estimated that this evidence-based solution will reduce the suicide rate by at least 20% in just a few years and also significantly improve the lives of those in distress.
'The Systems Approach to Suicide Prevention program has been developed in partnership with researchers, clinicians, community groups and people who have personal experience of suicide.'
'The approach involves the implementation of nine strategies, each shown by research here and overseas, to have an impact on suicide rates.'
'The key to this program, and what makes it different to anything tried before, is that these evidence-based strategies are being implemented together and tailored to the needs of local communities.'
'While these early stages of the program are currently limited to 4 sites across NSW for reasons of funding, we are poised to expand this program to the 12 sites across Australia recommended by the National Mental Health Commission in their landmark reform document.'
'We know how to save lives and now is the time for action. We look forward to partnering with Government post-election to make this happen.'
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Contact Gayle McNaught on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the systems approach, interviews with Prof Helen Christensen.Originally published 22 May 2016