In 2017, 3,128 Australians lost their lives to suicide. The far reaching and long lasting impacts of suicide are felt deeply by individuals, families, communities and in workplaces across Australia.
Suicide is one of the greatest preventable public health and social challenges of our time. Community support to prevent suicides is strong, especially from people who have a lived experience of suicide. All governments have heard this call to action and have made suicide prevention a priority, committing significant funding towards reducing suicide rates.
As one part of making suicide prevention a priority, all governments have committed to drafting a new national suicide prevention strategy for Australia: the National suicide prevention implementation strategy. This strategy will embody the collective aspiration of all governments that fewer lives are lost to suicide and will be supported by every health minister in Australia.
This is the consultation document to inform and shape the drafting of the strategy. It has been developed by the National Suicide Prevention Project Reference Group and authorised by the Mental Health Principal Committee.
This consultation document sets out 21 Priority Actions that are proposed for inclusion in the strategy with the intention that all health ministers commit to work together to implement them over the first three years of this new strategy. Before the 21 Priority Actions are tested with health ministers, they are being shared with Australia’s suicide prevention sector, including people with a lived experience of suicide, for without prejudice consultation.
Your feedback is essential to ensuring these are the right priorities.
Please provide your feedback by 1 May 2019.
In providing feedback, there is also an opportunity for people with a lived experience of suicide to share their personal and/or family story, if they wish to do so. The courage and generosity of those who choose to share their own personal and/or family story will be valued and will add meaning to the words. All personal stories shared will help focus attention on the things we need to change for the better so that your experience is not replicated. A small number of stories (or extracts of) published within the strategy to illuminate lived experiences and promote recovery and hope.
We encourage everyone to have open, safe and honest conversations about suicide and for those in distress to seek help.