Government invests $36m in suicide awareness
StandBy Support After Suicide has welcomed the Federal Government’s plans to invest more than $36 million of funding in national suicide projects to raise awareness of the impact of suicide and support Australians who may be at risk.
The funding is through the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program launched in 2017.
StandBy’s national operations manager Geoff Timm said the funding announcement was significant in light of an increase in more people dying from intentional selfharm.
‘‘The ABS causes of death statistics released last week show that there has been a 9.1 per cent increase in people dying from suicide compared to last year,’’ Mr Timm said.
‘‘For every Australian that takes their own life, more than 100 people are impacted. That’s approximately 300 000 Australians impacted each year.
‘‘We know that people impacted by suicide are up to eight times more likely to take their own lives than the general population. With the right support the risk of suicidality can be reduced.
‘‘The reasons people suicide are complex, and we have to remember that behind the numbers are real people, families and communities impacted by suicide.
‘‘We welcome the government’s commitment to raising awareness, reducing stigma, and their determination to support Australians who may be at risk.’’