World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise awareness of the impact of suicide.

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10 September 2014

World Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise awareness of the impact of suicide.

The World Health Organisation this month released its first report on suicide globally which found that across the world a person commits suicide every 40 seconds.

“While it is important to recognise the magnitude of the problem, we must also remember that suicide has a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities,” Health Minister Peter Dutton said today.

The global theme for today is Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.

“The idea behind this theme is to reflect the importance of reaching out and forming connections to help reduce suicide risk,” Mr Dutton said.

“Making connections as individuals and communities is important if we are to decrease the rates of suicide.

“We must continue to highlight the importance of recognising when people are in trouble and helping them to access support.

“The Australian Government is committed to building a world-class mental health system that delivers appropriate services to support people experiencing mental ill health or contemplating suicide. To do this, we need to know what really works and ensure that existing resources are being targeted as effectively as possible.

“That is why we have tasked the National Mental Health Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of mental health and suicide prevention services in Australia. At the same time we are providing funding to ensure the continuity of these services while the Commission undertakes its review” Mr Dutton said.

This year, the Australian Government is supporting the National Suicide Prevention Programme with over $30 million in funding and the Taking Action to Tackle Suicide package with funding of nearly $34 million.

For more information, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220

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