The solution to suicide does not lie just with individuals but with whole communities. Together, we can build strong, connected and informed communities where no-one feels isolated, everyone knows how to find help if they need it and how to offer help if it’s required. Places where we all have the skills and means to improve how we respond to life’s challenges.
A lot of work has been done in suicide prevention and the promotion of psychological wellbeing in recent years by numerous organisations and individuals. The Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW will set out the fundamental principles of suicide prevention, empowering every community to co-ordinate the essential elements in a way that suits their own local needs and conditions.
The Mental Health Commission has been asked to develop this Framework by the NSW Government. We in turn are seeking your input and ideas. We believe everyone can and should be part of the solution. There are two ways you can have your voice heard:
Please take the survey to share your thoughts and ideas
Alternatively, attend one of the consultation forums being held in four locations across NSW:
- Wollongong, 14 March Register
- Warwick Farm, 20 March Register
- Lismore, 28-29 March Register
- Dubbo, 4-5 April Register
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please seek help immediately by calling 000 or one of these services:
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
If you are bereaved by suicide, you may want to contact the following organisations for help:
National StandBy Response Service
Phone: 07 5442 4277
A 24-hour co-ordinated community response to families, friends and communities who have lost someone through suicide.
Phone: 1300 845 745 (National, landline only) or (03) 9935 7400 (National and metro Melbourne) Midday to 3am AEST, 7 days a week.
All calls are confidential and free.
Hope for Life Suicide Prevention & Bereavement Support (Salvation Army)
Hope for Life Suicide Prevention & Bereavement Support provides information, resources and training for those who support people who are at risk of suicide or have lost a loved one to suicide. The website also contains links to suicide bereavement services across Australia.
Wings of Hope
Resource for children and families bereaved by suicide including support events.
Please see the resources listed on the Communities Matter website for other options.