New suicide prevention projects to help reduce risk

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A region-by-region approach to Aboriginal suicide will be developed, and additional suicide prevention initiatives will be implemented for all Western Australians.
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Nearly $10 million will be invested to develop and implement a region-by-region approach to Aboriginal suicide in Western Australia.

The regional plans will prioritise Aboriginal-led and locally endorsed initiatives that accommodate a culturally informed social and emotional wellbeing approach to suicide prevention.

An additional $4.79 million has also been allocated for additional suicide prevention for all Western Australians as part of the WA Recovery Plan, including:

  • aftercare support following a suicide attempt through a peer-based approach
  • providing support and meeting the needs of those affected by a suicide death
  • increasing capacity of services that provide long-term support to children who have been bereaved by a suicide death
  • improving community-level data collection for suicide prevention. 

The initiatives form part of the WA Recovery Plan and will help address suicide risk from elevated rates of stress or anxiety, loneliness from isolation, depression, harmful alcohol or drug use, unemployment, self-harm and suicidal behaviour.

For more information see the New suicide prevention projects to help reduce risk media statement.

Page reviewed 26 July 2020