SA suicide prevention consultation

South Australians are being invited to provide feedback on the state’s new draft Suicide Prevention Plan which outlines areas of priority for the next five years.

 

The plan includes several areas of focus including community Suicide Prevention Networks as well as improving treatment options and care planning.

 

Health and Substance Abuse Minister Leesa Vlahos said “Suicide is the leading cause of death for males and females aged 15 to 44 years, with more than 3000 Australians dying by suicide in 2015.

 

“Many South Australians have been affected by suicide and the consequences can be devastating, complex and long-lasting.

 

“Preventing these tragedies is a shared responsibility and we all have a part to play in breaking down stigma and raising awareness of suicide and how to ask for, offer and find help.

 

“The plan aims to recognise the difficulties faced by members of our community who are at risk of suicide and provide a series of actions to ensure that we are responsive to their needs in preventing suicide.”

 

Public consultation will continue until Friday, 19 May 2017. People can make a submission at the YourSAy website www.yoursay.sa.gov.au.

 

Meanwhile, organisations, schools and individuals are encouraged to apply for an SA Health Suicide Prevention Community Grant, with the 2017 funding round which opened 7 April.

 

Up to $10,000 is available to implement suicide prevention activities, training and projects that will make a difference in their community.

 

Applications for the Suicide Prevention Community Grants can be made at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/mentalhealth and close at 5pm on Friday, 19 May 2017.

 

Support and information services are available through beyondblue (1300 22 4636), Lifeline (131 114) and the 24-hour SA Emergency and Crisis Intervention Line (131 465).

 

8 April 2017.