Date published: 
13 November 2019
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

A landmark forum in Canberra today has moved Australia a step closer to a coordinated, national approach to suicide prevention.

The forum brought together people from diverse community organisations, the health and government sectors, and people with lived experience.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, attended the forum, and said everyone provided valuable insights and ideas that will help the Government respond to the issue.

“More than 3000 Australians end their lives each year – about eight people a day. Each suicide impacts many Australians. The Morrison Government sees this forum as an important step towards zero suicides in Australia,” Minister Hunt said.

“Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy. It creates a ripple effect that flows through families, friendship groups, schools, workplaces and communities.

“Towards Zero is a total commitment to the value of each and every life, and recognises the equity of all lives, in all ages, and all groups.

“By working together, we can ensure all Australians know they are not alone, that they matter, and that help is available.

“Events like today that bring the right people to the table are essential in making this a reality.”

National Suicide Prevention Adviser Christine Morgan said the important discussions held today created a better understanding of where connections can be made in the delivery of suicide prevention services.

“This has added to what I have heard already from communities, service providers, government agencies and those impacted by suicide about what is needed to turn our collective concern into action,” Ms Morgan said.

“I appreciate the willingness of everyone to look at the issue of suicide, and work together to consider what a coordinated approach to suicide prevention might look like.”

If you or someone you know needs help please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

For more information on the Australian Government’s work on suicide prevention, visit:

https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-national-suicide-prevention-adviser

The Prime Minister's National Suicide Prevention Adviser: Ms Christine Morgan

Ms Christine Morgan is the Prime Minister's National Suicide Prevention Adviser and CEO of the National Mental Health Commission.

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