In 2015, the Commission funded the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention to develop, with the Black Dog Institute, a model to investigate whether dramatic reductions in the suicide rate could be achieved if multiple interventions known to be successful were integrated and applied simultaneously. Black Dog researchers believe that such a “systems approach” could lower suicides and attempted suicides by 20 per cent within two years. In this project, the research team collected information to determine the feasibility and methods required to establish a systems approach to suicide prevention in one regional and one metropolitan area of NSW. Their resulting model, the proposed Suicide Prevention Framework for NSW, was launched at a National Suicide Prevention Summit at Parliament House in Canberra on 10 August 2015.
Based on this foundational work, in December 2015 the Black Dog Institute secured $14.7 million from the Ramsay Foundation, the largest ever philanthropic donation to suicide prevention in Australia’s history, to support a NSW trial of the systems approach. Now called LifeSpan, the systems approach is being trialled in four sites covering the following local government areas: Newcastle; Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven; Gosford and Wyong; Bland, Cootamundra, Griffith, Hay, Junee, Leeton, Tumut Shire, Wagga Wagga, and Young.
Living Well Action 3.4.2 and 3.4.5