Prioritising Mental Health – suicide prevention support programs

This measure seeks to prevent suicide in specific locations – hotspots – where suicide incidents repeatedly occur. Funding for signage will encourage people to seek help, and Lifeline’s crisis services will be better supported. As well, a National Partnership Agreement will support states and territories to deliver small infrastructure projects, such as fencing or surveillance to deter people from attempting suicide.

Page last updated: 09 May 2017

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Why is this important?

Suicide continues to be a significant national public health concern. In 2015, 3,027 people suicided in Australia, equating to an average of approximately eight suicides each day.

Evidence shows measures that can help reduce suicides at high-risk areas include reducing access to means (such as installing physical barriers), signage to encourage people to seek help, dedicated telephone crisis lines, surveillance, training of staff working at or near hotspots, and sensitively managing media reporting of suicides at hotspots.

Who will benefit?

Modest investments in interventions aimed at people identified with higher risk of suicidal behaviour can significantly modify their risk and reduce the burden of suicide and self-inflicted injury.

Individuals who may be contemplating suicide at hotspot locations will be able to seek help through signage and dedicated telephone crisis lines, have reduced access to means, and be provided with mechanisms of support.

Lifeline’s capacity to promote help-seeking messages at hotspot locations will be improved, as will the capacity and reach of its crisis line service.

States and territories will be supported to undertake small infrastructure projects at hotspot locations.

How much will this cost?

This measure will cost $11.1 million from 2017–18 to 2019–20

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