Up to $44.5M is available from the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program to reduce suicidal behaviour and deaths by suicide.
National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program
The National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program forms part of the Australian Government’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy. The Program aims to support a range of national suicide prevention activities to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to prevent and respond to suicide and support Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to lead a regional and integrated approach to suicide prevention.
The Australian Government response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programs and Services released on 26 November 2015 included reforms to transform Australian Government mental health funding and program delivery to achieve a more efficient, integrated and sustainable mental health system, help prevent suicide, and improve mental health service delivery for all Australians.
Accordingly, in its response to the Review, the Australian Government announced a renewed approach to suicide prevention through the establishment of a new National Suicide Prevention Strategy. The new Strategy involves:
- A systems-based regional approach to suicide prevention led by Primary Health Networks (PHNs) in partnership with Local Hospital Networks (LHNs), states and territories, and other local organisations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers;
- National leadership and support for whole of population level suicide prevention activity;
- Refocussed efforts to prevent suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, taking into account the recommendations of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy; and
- Joint commitment by the Australian Government and states and territories, including in the context of the Fifth National Mental Health Plan, to prevent suicide and ensure that people who have self-harmed or attempted suicide are given effective follow-up support.
A systems-based approach to suicide prevention involves the implementation of multiple strategies that target suicide risk both through medical and social intervention that are coordinated within the community by primary healthcare providers, the education system, emergency services, community groups and other stakeholders.
The objectives of the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program are to:
- facilitate leadership, strategic partnerships and collaboration in the suicide prevention sector;
- build the evidence-base to enable continued improvements in suicide prevention;
- reduce the prevalence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide and the impact on individuals, their families and communities;
- reduce the stigma around suicide and raise awareness of suicide prevention; and
- provide support and care to individuals at heightened risk of suicide.
The Australian Government has committed total funding of up to $44.5 million (GST exclusive) over three financial years for the Program with funding anticipated to commence from 1 January 2017 and ceasing 30 June 2019.
There are five Activities that are eligible for funding under the Program. Applications for funding must be consistent with the outcomes and objectives and include activities supported under the Program:
Activity 1: National Leadership Role in Suicide Prevention – Up to $1.5 million (GST Exclusive) over three years, from 2016/17
Activity 2: National Leadership in Suicide Prevention Research – Up to $1.5 million (GST Exclusive) over three years, from 2016/17
Activity 3: Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention – Up to $1.75 million (GST Exclusive) over three years, from 2016/17
Activity 4: National Media and Communications Strategies – Up to $7.85 million (GST Exclusive) over three years, from 2016/17
Activity 5: National Support Services for Individuals at Risk of Suicide – Up to $31.9 million (GST Exclusive) over three years, from 2016/17
Unless otherwise specified in the funding round summary, the following legal entity types are eligible for funding under the Program:
- Incorporated association incorporated under Australian state/territory legislation;
- Incorporated cooperative incorporated under Australian state/territory legislation;
- Aboriginal corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006;
- Organisation established through specific Commonwealth or state/territory legislation;
- Company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Commonwealth of Australia);
- Trustee on behalf of a trust;
- Australian local government body; and
- Australian state/territory government.
Applicants must clearly demonstrate the aims, objectives and outcomes of the proposed activity, including demonstrated capacity and previous experience in delivering comparable services. The needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and other groups at a heightened risk of suicide, must also be taken into account.
All activities eligible for funding are described below:
Activity 1: National Leadership Role in Suicide Prevention
The focus of this Activity is to fund a single organisation to undertake a national leadership role in suicide prevention and provide relevant support to the suicide prevention sector in Australia.
Activities include, but are not limited to:
- facilitating partnerships to reduce the stigma around mental illness and suicide and support the inclusion of people with lived experience in suicide prevention;
- building ongoing capacity in the suicide prevention sector by improving linkages, networks and cooperation with the mental health and suicide prevention sector, PHNs, community based organisations, research institutions and the Australian Government;
- developing evidence-based guidance and resources for the suicide prevention sector; and
- working in close collaboration with the organisations selected under Activity 2 and 3 to ensure the translation of suicide prevention research to the sector. The department will work with organisations selected to facilitate this collaborative working relationship.
Activity 2: National Leadership in Suicide Prevention Research
The focus of this Activity is to fund a single organisation to take a leadership role in suicide prevention research.
Activities include, but are not limited to:
- leading suicide prevention research in Australia to ensure a consistent and complementa