Gov­ern­ment in­vests $36m in sui­cide aware­ness

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.’’

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