National Suicide Prevention Implementation Strategy


The 5th National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, identifies suicide is one of the greatest preventable public health and social challenges of our time. In response all governments have made suicide prevention a priority, committing significant funding towards reducing suicide rates. As one part of making suicide prevention a priority, all governments have committed to drafting a new national suicide prevention strategy for Australia: the National suicide prevention implementation strategy.

A consultation document has been developed to inform and shape the drafting of the strategy. It has been developed by the National Suicide Prevention Project Reference Group and authorised by the Mental Health Principal Committee.

The document sets out 21 Priority Actions that are proposed for inclusion in the strategy with the intention that all health ministers commit to work together to implement them over the first three years of this new strategy. Before the 21 Priority Actions are tested with health ministers, they are being shared with Australia’s suicide prevention sector, including people with a lived experience of suicide, for without prejudice consultation.

You can provide your feedback by 1 May 2019.