10 July 2019

The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales welcomes the appointment of Christine Morgan to the role of National Suicide Prevention Advisor to report directly to the Prime Minister’s Department. 

Christine Morgan is the CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and former CEO of the Butterfly Foundation. 

This newly created role will support the Prime Minister’s Department to coordinate activities and services dedicated to suicide prevention, with a whole-of-government approach.

 “More than 800 people die from suicide in NSW each year, causing lasting distress for their loved ones, friends, colleagues and communities,” says Catherine Lourey, the Mental Health Commissioner of New South Wales.

“Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention including individuals, communities, organisations, the private sector and government. 

“The appointment of a National Suicide Prevention Advisor is a meaningful step forward on the journey towards zero suicide in NSW and we look forward to seeing collaborative activities and services being led by the voice of lived experience,” says Ms Lourey. 

We welcome the opportunity to work with Ms Morgan in her role as Advisor to improve mental health and suicide prevention services in New South Wales, and to support people to live well in the community.

The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales is also pleased that suicide prevention is a priority for the NSW Premier who recently announced the goal of reducing suicide deaths in NSW by twenty per cent by 2023.  

The insights detailed in the Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-2023, developed through consultation with people with lived experience of suicide and those who are bereaved by suicide, will assist and support this coordinated multi-government commitment to mental health and suicide prevention.

For more information, visit https://www.pm.gov.au/media/making-suicide-prevention-national-priority.

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Last updated: 10 November 2020