Plan to halve Australian suicide rate

Posted on September 12, 2013

Mental health experts want to halve Australia's suicide rate over the next 10 years.

The National Coalition for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) launched the plan on Tuesday, which is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Sue Murray, chief executive of Suicide Prevention Australia, said despite more people seeking help, suicide rates haven't gone down over the past 20 years with 2300 people taking their lives each year.

To tackle this, the Black Dog Institute is trialling the world's first online suicide prevention program.

Former NSW Liberal leader John Brogden, who now chairs Lifeline Australia, said his personal experience had made him realise the importance of helping people who might be having suicidal thoughts.

Category(s):Suicide Prevention

Source material from Skynews

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