The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, with the Minister for Mental Health, announced a $90 million investment into aftercare initiatives through suicide prevention funding. The announcement was followed by the launch of the Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-2023. The Framework will guide activities in NSW until 2023 and marks the beginning of the journey towards zero suicides in NSW.
The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales’ Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014–2024 serves as the overarching framework for mental health and wellbeing for the period of 2014-2024.
The plan outlines eight key action areas for suicide prevention and incorporates a coordinated, evidence-based response to suicide in the community.
The NSW Aboriginal Health Plan 2013–2023 envisions health equity for Aboriginal people that contributes to strong, respected Aboriginal communities in NSW, whose families and individuals enjoy good health and wellbeing. The plan makes reference to mental health throughout.
Specific suicide prevention strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can be found in the national policies.
The Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention and Black Dog Institute were commissioned by the NSW Mental Health Commission to review proven suicide prevention strategies that could be rolled out in a coordinated way across NSW.
A trial of the systems based approach was being conducted through the Lifespan project. This project was run by Black Dog Institute, in partnership with NSW Health and others. It is funded by a $14.7 million grant from the Paul Ramsay Foundation.
Four sites chosen for the trial were:
- Illawarra Shoalhaven
- Central Coast
The formal implementation period for the four sites concluded on 31 March 2020, allowing the analysis of outcomes to begin.