Input crucial for suicide prevention program

By Cobram Courier

Community members are encouraged to get involved in the development of the Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW.

State Member for Murray Austin Evans said the solution to suicide did not lie just with individuals, but with whole communities.

‘‘Together we can build strong, connected, and informed communities where no-one feels isolated and everyone knows how to find help or offer it if needed,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s why we are asking the members of our community to help us understand what is or isn’t working in our area.’’

NSW Mental Health Minister Tanya Davies said the project was being led by NSW Health and the Mental Health Commission of NSW and would set out fundamental principles for suicide prevention across the state.

‘‘We need to empower every community to co-ordinate the essential elements of suicide prevention in a way that suits their own local needs,’’ Mrs Davies said.

Advice is also being sought from more than 35 organisations, including Lifeline, NSW Ambulance, NSW Police, Black Dog Institute, beyondblue, NSW Farmers Association, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council, ACON, primary health networks and the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.

●For assistance, phone Lifeline’s 24-hour suicide help line on free-call 131 114. Children and young adults aged under 25 can also call the Kids Helpline on free-call 1800 551 800.