1. Role and function
Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024, includes an action to establish a Suicide Prevention Forum comprising public, industry and community sector leaders, including those with lived experience of suicide, to strengthen the planning, monitoring and co-ordination of statewide suicide prevention efforts.
The Suicide Prevention Advisory Group has been formed by the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales to provide expert advice and inform the Commission on issues relating to suicide prevention. The Advisory Group will bring together experts to share and exchange knowledge. It will also provide leadership and support to promote the implementation of the forthcoming Framework for Suicide Prevention.
The Advisory Group does not have an executive policy or operational function. It is not the role of the Advisory Group to direct the Commission or the Commissioner to act on any advice it provides to the Commission.
The Commissioner will determine the procedure for the calling and conduct of meetings of the Advisory Group. It is expected that there would be no fewer than two meetings per year and that members of the Advisory Group attend no less than one of them.
Meetings will be co-chaired by the NSW Ministry of Health.
Membership of the Advisory Group will reflect the diversity of the community, including people living in regional and remote NSW, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Aboriginal communities and the LGBTI community, and will have regard to the importance of the voice of people with a lived experience of suicide. Advisory Group membership will include:
- mental health service providers
- key government agencies responsible for suicide prevention in NSW
- community managed organisations working in suicide prevention
- key industry leaders
The Mental Health Commission will provide secretariat support to the Advisory Group. The Secretariat will be responsible for preparing and distributing the agendas and any supporting documentation for meetings, preparation and distribution of minutes, following up on any matters arising from meetings, and communicating with members on relevant matters relating to the business and conduct of the meetings.