Purpose of Life in Mind
Life in Mind aims to provide sector leadership through collaboration and engagement, connecting organisations, programs, researchers and professionals working in suicide within Australia to each other and community. Through the Life in Mind digital platform, the project intends to reduce suicidal behaviours and suicide rates, as well as improve communications surrounding suicide attempts, suicide response and its impacts. To support these objectives, Life in Mind aims to:
- link policy to practice, communities to help seeking and practitioners to the evidence base through the online portal;
- support coordinated consistent messaging around suicide prevention through the operationalisation of the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Communications Charter; and
- promote leadership and support in the communication of the project to the sector, and the broader community, through the implementation of a national Champions leadership group.
These objectives for Life in Mind will be achieved through the following outcomes:
1) Long term outcomes
- Coordinated approach supporting national, state and local:
Suicide prevention frameworks/strategies and promotion and prevention activities. Awareness and confidence through the sharing of knowledge around programs, activities and research.
2) Intermediate outcomes
- Increase communication between stakeholders working in suicide prevention.
3) Immediate outcomes
- Engagement and consultation with stakeholders in suicide prevention.
- Life in Mind online portal with the content reflecting sector needs.
- Establish a national Life in Mind Champions Leadership group.
- Work with stakeholders to develop partnership agreements.
- Engage in national consultations with organisations working in suicide prevention.
Life in Mind is funded under the Australian Government’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program. This program forms part of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy, with more than $43 million allocated across 16 projects over a three year period until June 2019.
The prevention activities are classified within five strategy areas:
- Activity 1: National Leadership Role in Suicide Prevention
- Activity 2: National Leadership in Suicide Prevention Research
- Activity 3: Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention
- Activity 4: National Media and Communications Strategies
- Activity 5: National Support Services for Individuals at Risk of Suicide.
Life in Mind is funded under Activity Four of the Department of Health’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Programme: National Media and Communications.