Local health service to get extra help to prevent suicides
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today welcomed the announcement of extra funding to help to prevent suicides across the North Coast under a re-elected Coalition Government.
The North Coast Primary Health Network has been selected as one of four lead sites across Australia to implement the new $192 million suicide prevention programme.
“This is exactly what I have been advocating for to reduce suicide in our community,” Mr Hogan said.
“Any suicide is tragic and unfortunately we have far too many in our community.
“Under this new programme, the North Coast PHN will receive millions of dollars in additional resources to develop localised methods to help prevent suicides.”
Mr Hogan said that suicide prevention activities across the North Coast will focus on community education, better integrating local services, and most importantly, ensuring better post-discharge follow up.
“One of the best ways we can prevent suicide is to ensure that someone who has attempted suicide or self-harm receives follow up support and treatment when they are discharged from hospital. At the moment, that doesn’t always happen,” he said.
“This new money will allow the North Coast Primary Health Network to work closely with our local hospitals and community based mental health services to ensure that when someone is discharged from hospital, they don’t fall through the cracks and they aren’t forgotten about.
The North Coast Primary Health Network will work closely with suicide prevention organisations such as Black Dog and Beyond Blue to implement a range of localised strategies to reduce suicide rates across the electorate.
“All of the experts tell us that reducing suicide rates require local solutions,” Mr Hogan said.
“That could include measures such as reducing the means to self-harm and working with local schools and community organisations to improve the understanding of suicide and self-harm.
“These new measures are in addition to a series of important steps, already undertaken in our first term, including the commissioning of regionally-delivered mental health services through the North Coast PHN in partnership with the NSW Government and local service providers.”
A re-elected Coalition Government’s $192 million National Suicide Prevention Strategy will address the current fragmented approach to suicide prevention. It will also include funding for national suicide prevention leadership and support activities, including anti-stigma and awareness campaigns and crisis support services.
“The Coalition Government understands the significant impact of depression, anxiety and poor mental health on individuals and their family and friends.
“These mental health reforms will result in better personalised support and care, greater opportunity and better lives for people throughout our community.
“We are a Government that has made mental health a first-term priority and this extra funding demonstrates our commitment to ensure it remains front and centre.”