Suicide prevention workers to benefit from improved national framework
People working in suicide prevention will have access to improved information to support their role in reducing the tragic loss of life through suicide in Australia, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Brett Mason, said on 17 October.
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17 October 2007
People working in suicide prevention will have access to improved information to support their role in reducing the tragic loss of life through suicide in Australia, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Brett Mason, said today.
Senator Mason said a revised Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) framework would provide information to mental health professionals and the wider community to enhance the understanding and prevention of suicide and self harm in Australia.
“The LIFE framework outlines how the community can best help people at risk of suicide, as well as families and friends affected by suicide,” he said.
“It is an updated version of the first LIFE framework which was developed and published in 2000.
“The framework defines the vision and purpose of suicide prevention in Australia, as well as clearly stating the action areas that need to be addressed and the outcomes we are working towards,” Senator Mason said.
The frameworks were developed through extensive consultation with all levels of government, academic and research professionals, peak bodies, health and community service professionals, and people affected by suicide. The revised framework also incorporates the latest national and international research into suicide prevention.
The updated framework is funded through the Australian Government’s $1.9 billion commitment over five years to increase access to mental health services and provide additional support to people with mental illness, their families and their carers. This includes an additional $62.4 million to expand suicide prevention programs.
“I would like to extend my thanks to those people working in suicide prevention and related programs – they are providing an invaluable service to the Australian community and the Government is committed to supporting them,” Senator Mason said.
The framework can be viewed at www.livingisforeveryone.com.au and www.mentalhealth.gov.au
For more information call Senator Mason's office on ph 02 6277 3756
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