Efforts to reduce suicide in NSW took another step this week with the inaugural meeting of the Suicide Prevention Advisory Group.
The Group was established by the Mental Health Commission of NSW to strengthen the planning, monitoring and co-ordination of state-wide suicide prevention efforts. Its establishment is one of eight key actions relating to suicide prevention identified in Living Well: A strategic plan for mental health in NSW 2014-2024.
The inaugural meeting, co-chaired by NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley and Karin Lines of the NSW Ministry of Health, focused on the upcoming trial of the Proposed Suicide Prevention Framework for NSW. The trial has been enabled by a $14.7m donation from the Paul Ramsay Foundation to the Black Dog Institute, which will lead the study.
The director of the Black Dog Institute, Professor Helen Christensen, outlined the nature of the trial and group members offered their feedback, insights and questions.
The Group includes participants with lived experience of mental illness as well as representatives from organisations including:
- Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council
- Black Dog Institute
- Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
- Coroner’s Court of NSW
- Council on the Ageing NSW
- Hunter Institute of Mental Health
- Hunter Primary Care
- Lifeline Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Mates in Construction
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Advisory Group
- NSW Police
- National StandBy Response Service
- NSW Farmers Association
- ReachOut Australia
- Suicide Prevention Australia
- Tamworth Regional Council
- UnitingCare Mental Health
- Uniting Church in Australia
- Wesley Mission
- NSW government agencies: Premier and Cabinet, Health, Education, Family and Community Services, and Transport
- Office of the Minister for Mental Health
The Suicide Prevention Advisory Group will meet biannually, with the next meeting scheduled for August 2016.