Commonwealth response to 'The hidden toll: suicide in Australia'

3. Service and initiatives to tackle suicide

Page last updated: 2010

The Australian Government and the Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council (ASPAC) have targeted efforts through the National Suicide Prevention Action Framework 2009–20117 to support groups identified to be at higher risk of suicide. These groups include Indigenous Australians, men, young people, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities, those bereaved by suicide and those living with mental health disorders.

In its Report the Senate Committee noted the role of targeted programs and services that address the particular circumstances of high risk groups as well as receiving evidence regarding universal interventions, telephone services, 'suicide hotspots' and access to means of suicide. This Response highlights the role of the existing NSPP (which has more than doubled in size since 2005–06) in addressing the issues raised by the Committee, as well as the significant new investments that will target high risk groups through the Australian Government's recently announced $274 million Mental health: Taking Action to Tackle Suicide package.

3.1 Targeted support for high risk groups

3.2 Improving access to non face to face support services

3.3 Reducing access to means


7 National Suicide Prevention Action Framework 2009–2011. Department of Health and Ageing: Canberra. Living is for everyone (