Latest announcements in suicide prevention

Posted 10th September 2020 in General

Today, as Australia marks World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day, a number of significant announcements to support suicide prevention have been made.

Further investment in suicide prevention

The Federal Government has announced a further $19 million for suicide prevention through the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program. This funding will support 15 leading organisations to deliver 18 national suicide prevention programs and services.

This will bring the total investment in the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program to more than $100 million, and will sustain important support, awareness and stigma reduction activities, research, and leadership until June 2022.

Recipient organisations include:

  • CBAA
  • Everymind
  • MATES in Construction Australia
  • Mental Health First Aid Australia
  • National LGBTI Health Alliance
  • Orygen – The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
  • OzHelp Foundation
  • R U OK?
  • Reach Out Australia
  • Roses in the Ocean
  • Suicide Prevention Australia
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Western Australia
  • United Synergies
  • Wesley Community Services

Read the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health’s funding announcement media release:

Suicide Prevention Australia release State of the Nation in Suicide Prevention Report

Suicide Prevention Australia have today launched the State of the Nation in Suicide Prevention Survey Report.

The national peak body for suicide prevention plans to conduct the State of the Nation Survey annually, with the results to be released every World Suicide Prevention Day.
The report includes insights around four key themes: the current operating environment; risks and protective factors; our National Policy Platform priorities of whole of government reform, accurate, reliable data and workforce strategy; and the funding environment.
The information Suicide Prevention Australia have gathered will inform their policy and advocacy work for 2020/21.

Read the full report:

Launch of Suicide in Queensland: Annual Report 2020

The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) at Griffith University have released the Suicide in Queensland Annual Report 2020 (Suicide in Queensland) providing information on recent suicide trends in Queensland to target and inform suicide prevention activities. 

The report includes information from 1990 to July 2020 drawn from a public health surveillance system - the Queensland Suicide Register (QSR) and the interim Queensland Suicide Register (iQSR).

The report summarises current suicide rates, as well as contributing factors and circumstantial issues highlighting a range of economic, social and health characteristics of those who died by suicide in Queensland. The report also discusses opportunities to prevent suicide through delivering evidence-based interventions with documented effectiveness to the groups of Queensland residents.

Download the full report: