Strug­gle to end sui­cide

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NATION -

A NA­TIONAL sui­cide and self-harm mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem could be es­tab­lished in the af­ter­math of an emer­gency men­tal health sum­mit.

An alarm­ing 9.1 per cent in­crease in Aus­tralians tak­ing their own lives last year prompted fed­eral Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt to call the meet­ing held this week. Some 3128 peo­ple died in Aus­tralia in 2017, fig­ures show. De­vel­op­ing a sys­tem to help re­spond to po­ten­tial men­tal health is­sues was a key rec­om­men­da­tion.

Life­line 13 11 14, be­yond­blue 1300 224 636.

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