WHITTLESEA AREA TO PARTICIPATE IN SUICIDE PREVENTION TRIAL

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny, have today welcomed the Andrews Labor Government’s decision to run an intensive community based support trial in the local government area of Whittlesea as part of a commitment to halve the rate of suicide over the next 10 years.

The 2016/17 Victorian Budget invested $356 million investment in mental health, with a focus on providing better access to services and investing in prevention.

The Labor Government today released the Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework, which aims to halve the number of suicides over the next decade and provides a $27 million investment for new suicide investments.

The Government is investing in local community approaches which help support communities implement strategies such as workforce training, school-based support and mental health literacy programs within six local government areas:

 

  • Mornington Peninsula/Frankston
  • Brimbank/Melton
  • Whittlesea
  • Mildura
  • Latrobe Valley
  • Ballarat

 

Support will also be provided for intensive community based support trials for people who have attempted suicide in six locations throughout Victoria:

 

  • Peninsula Health
  • Alfred Health
  • St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Barwon Health, Geelong
  • Maroondah Hospital
  • Wangaratta Hospita

 

The areas for the trial locations are based of the prevalence of suicide in Victoria, population and community demographics, as well as local capacity.

This investment is a key component of the Government’s 10 Year Mental Health Plan which ensures we have a coordinated, integrated approach to mental health which ensures Victorians can access mental health services in the right place and at the right time.

More information on the trials can be found at www.mentalhealthplan.vic.gov.au.

Quote attributable to Danielle Green MP: “In 2014 alone, we lost 646 Victorians to suicide – that’s twice as many lives as our road toll.”

Quote attributable to Lily D’Ambrosio MP: “For every suicide, there are many more people deeply affected – family, friends, carers, colleagues and communities. This is something we urgently need to change.”

Quote attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP: “Mental health has been a key issue in our community for some time. This investment will ensure we get the best support to those who need it most and most importantly, save lives.”