$30 M fund to reduce the risk of suicide.
The 2010 Election Commitment Mental Health: Taking Action to Tackle Suicide (TATS) package forms part of the Australian Government’s commitment to mental health reform. The Supporting Communities to Reduce the Risk of Suicide initiative is implemented to support community-led suicide prevention activities – targeted at groups and communities which are at high risk of suicide, including Indigenous people, men, gay, lesbian and bisexual people, and families recently bereaved by suicide.
The purpose of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander component of the Supporting Communities to Reduce the Risk of Suicide initiative is to reduce the risk of suicide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.
In September 2011, Ministers Butler, Macklin and Snowdon announced the establishment of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Advisory Group (Advisory Group).
The Advisory Group has developed and endorsed principles to underpin the initiative. These principles recommend that projects should:
- be grounded in community, owned by the community, based on community needs and accountable to the community;
- be based on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander definitions of health incorporating spirituality, culture and healing;
- be sustainable both in terms of building community capacity and in terms of not being ‘one-off’; they must endure until the community is empowered. For example provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforces and community members with tools for awareness, early identification and for responding to self harm issues within the community;
- work in genuine partnerships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and other providers to support and enhance existing local measures not duplicate or compete with them. Funding applications need to demonstrate a record of genuine community and stakeholder/provider consultations and a track record of community empowerment;
- be delivered in a safe manner;
- be built on learnings, try new and innovative approaches, share learnings, and improve the evidence base; and
- share learnings and these should be promoted in other communities.
Consistent with these principles, activities funded under this initiative could include training community leaders to better identify and respond to suicide, and activities to better build resilience, positive mental health and social and emotional well-being.
The funding is being provided to support activities which aim to:
- reduce the risk of suicide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities;
- empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities through community-led suicide prevention activities; and
- provide a sustainable approach to suicide prevention activity capable of being implemented across a variety of situations and geographical settings.
Under the TATS package the Australian Government committed $30.2 million funding over four years commencing 2011-12 for the Supporting Communities to Reduce the Risk of Suicide initiative to support community-led suicide prevention activities – targeted at groups and communities which are at high risk of suicide, including Indigenous people, men, gay, lesbian and bisexual people, and families recently bereaved by suicide.
$6 million of this funding has been quarantined for activity that is specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities who are at risk of suicide.
The first tranche of funding of $1.5 million for the 2011-2012 year has been committed. $4.5 million is available 2012-13 – 2014-15 ($1.5 million per year).
Applications which will be considered for the Supporting Communities to Reduce the Risk of Suicide funding must comply with the following requirements:
- Projects which support community-led suicide prevention activities which target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities at high risk of suicide.
- Funding up to a maximum of $300,000 per year for individual projects.
- Projects which operate for the full term of the initiative from 2012-13 and be completed by30 June 2015.
- If more than one organisation will be involved in the project, one organisation must be identified as the lead organisation.
- Retrospective activities will not be funded by this initiative.
The types of organisations that may apply for the Supporting Communities to Reduce the Risk of Suicide funding include:
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations.
- Non-profit/charitable organisations.
- For profit organisations.
- Non-government health care providers.
- Organisations established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or State/Territory legislation.
- Trustees on behalf of a Trust.
- State/Territory or Local Governments.
The Department encourages organisations to form partnerships to deliver projects. If more than one organisation will be involved in the project, one organisation must be identified as the lead organisation and an authorised representative of the lead organisation must sign the Application Form.
Applications close 21 December 2012
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