National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program

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 Programme

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.

 

Background

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:

  1. 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;
  2. National leadership and support for whole of population level suicide prevention activity;
  3. 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
  4. 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.

 

Objectives

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.

 

Funding

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

 

Eligible Applicants

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);
  • Partnership;
  • Trustee on behalf of a trust;
  • Australian local government body; and
  • Australian state/territory government.

 

Eligible Activities

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 complementary approach across different research organisations;
  • working in close collaboration with the organisations selected under Activity 1 and 3, to ensure that knowledge and research on evidence-based suicide prevention activity is shared and translated into best practice across the sector. The department will work with organisations selected to facilitate this collaborative working relationship; and
  • facilitating information sharing through building sector partnerships and networks, including with PHNs.

Activity 3: Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention

The focus of this Activity is to fund the establishment of a National Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • supporting PHNs and community organisations in the development of suicide prevention activity tailored to specific community needs;
  • providing evidence-based information and advice in collaboration with the organisations selected under Activity 1 and 2. The department will work with organisations selected to facilitate this collaborative working relationship; and
  • building the capacities of PHNs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to take action in response to suicide and self-harm in their immediate region.

Activity 4: National Media and Communications Strategies

The focus of this Activity is to fund organisations to undertake Project(s) that reduce the stigma around suicide and raise awareness of suicide prevention through population based campaigns and web-based resources as well as reduce inappropriate media coverage of suicide.

Several organisations may be successful for funding under this activity. Collaboration will be expected between successful applicants to ensure that Project(s) are consistent and well integrated. Project(s) eligible for funding may include:

  • Development of evidence-based resources and delivery of training to support the responsible, accurate and sensitive representation of suicide in the Australian media;
  • Advocacy on behalf of the community relating to media depictions that stigmatise suicide or promote self-harm;
  • National suicide prevention anti-stigma and awareness campaigns;
  • National delivery of suicide prevention, mental health and wellbeing messages through the media; and
  • Provision of web-based information, resources, best practice case studies and interactive content to raise awareness of suicide prevention, encourage help-seeking and inform evidence-based practice.

Activity 5: National Support Services for Individuals at Risk of Suicide

The focus of Activity 5 is to reduce suicide and suicidal behaviour among at risk groups through the provision suicide prevention support service models that are evidence-based and applicable on a national scale. National suicide prevention services will be expected to foster strong community linkages and ensure there are collaborative working partnerships with regionally based suicide prevention activity to be commissioned through PHNs.

Several organisations may be successful for funding under this activity. Collaboration will be expected between successful applicants to ensure that Project(s) are consistent and well integrated. Project(s) eligible for funding may include:

  • National suicide prevention support services aimed at individuals who are affected by suicide;
  • Workplace based suicide prevention training and support aimed at individuals and groups at heightened risk of suicide, in particular male-dominated industries; and
  • Crisis support services for individuals within communities that are experiencing a suicide crisis.

 

Timing

Applications close 13 September 2016.

 

Media Release

The Morrison Government will invest more than $36 million in national suicide prevention projects to raise awareness of the impact of suicide and to support Australians who may be at risk.

The funding, through the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program, will help to deliver important awareness and stigma reduction activities, research, and leadership through variety of projects. These initiatives aim to reduce deaths by suicide across Australia.

Fifteen highly respected organisations will receive funding including Suicide Prevention Australia who will receive $1.2 million to continue its national leadership role for the suicide prevention sector.

Suicide is a national tragedy and close to 3,000 Australians take their lives each year.

One life lost to suicide is one too many.

The support I have announced today will be vitally important in helping to reduce the number of people we lose to suicide each year.

Male suicide rates are three times greater than females and the rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is around twice that of non-Indigenous people.

Awareness, prevention and intervention programs for occupations where larger numbers of men typically work will be delivered by the OzHelp Foundation and MATES in Construction to give men the confidence and support to open up and seek help for themselves, and their mates, when in need.

Funding will allow the University of Western Australia to continue critical research to ensure the best support and services are being provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people in our community.

A number of organisations, including R U OK?, Everymind, and Reach Out Australia, will receive funding for communication projects such as media and online campaigns to reduce stigma, encourage conversations and provide vital support and resources to individuals and communities at risk.

Mental Health First Aid Australia and Roses in the Ocean will receive funding to provide training, education and support for medical professionals and individuals with a lived experience of suicide.

A leadership role will be provided by Suicide Prevention Australia to build partnerships across the mental health sector and the community to change behaviour and attitudes to suicide behaviour.

The National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program was launched in 2017. This funding boost today brings the total funding for the program to $79.9 million.

The Morrison Government is committed to investing in mental health services for all Australians. It is a key pillar of our Long Term Health Plan.

In the 2018–19 Budget, mental health funding increased by $338.1 million to boost support for suicide prevention, research and programs for older Australians.

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