State & territory jurisdictional reports: Activity relating to mental health reform prior to the implementation of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan

13. Coordinate state, territory and Commonwealth suicide prevention activities through a nationally agreed suicide prevention framework to improve efforts to identify people at risk of suicide and improve the effectiveness of services and support available to them

Page last updated: December 2010

Department of Health and Ageing

  • The National Suicide Prevention Program (NSPP):
    • Provides community-based grants managed by state and territory offices, projects funded under the community based grants component that have national applicability and national projects that are not community based grants but have a national focus (LIFE Communications and LIFE Framework, Mindframe Media Initiative, SANE Australia) and
    • Is funding the Access to Allied Psychological Services suicide prevention trial.
  • The Commonwealth has convened a working group with jurisdictions to coordinate the alignment of Suicide Prevention Frameworks across all jurisdiction. This group has met on 5 February 2010 and 7 May 2010. Jurisdictions have agreed to use the LIFE Framework as the National framework for suicide prevention.
  • The Government is providing $276.9 million (over four years) for the Mental Health: Taking action to tackle suicide package. This includes:
    • $113.9 million to boost frontline services and provide more services to those at greatest risk of suicide, including psychology and psychiatry services and non-clinical support to assist people with severe mental illness and carers with day-to-day needs
    • $74.3 million in direct suicide prevention and crisis intervention, including more services through Lifeline and funding to improve safety at suicide hotspots
    • $22.8 million to provide more services and support to men who are at greatest risk of suicide, including through Beyondblue to assist up to 30,000 additional men each year and
    • $65.9 million to promote good mental health and resilience in young people to prevent suicide later in life. Top of page

Human services portfolio

  • Suicide Prevention training is regularly provided to Centrelink's front line staff by Centrelink social workers.

Department of Veterans' Affairs


Independent Study into Suicide in the Ex-Service Community by Professor David Dunt.
  • The recommendations from the Suicide Study will provide a key platform to assist the Government to improve mental health services for the veteran and ex-service community and cover wide ranging matters including suicide prevention, mental health programs, compensation schemes and administrative processes.
Operation Life – A National Suicide Prevention Strategy for the Veteran Community
  • Operation Life was developed in consultation with the veteran community and the Departments of Defence and Health and Ageing. Operation Life was developed from the Living Is For Everyone (Life) National Suicide Prevention Strategy, but specifically targeted to the veteran community. It lays out a framework for action to raise awareness and suicide prevention.
  • A major component of Operation Life is a choice of workshops offered through the VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Family counselling Service across Australia. There are three Operation Life workshops: a half-day introduction workshop, a two-day skills training workshop, and a half-day refresher workshop. Operation Life workshops are particularly targeted at veterans living in rural and remote areas. Top of page

Department of Defence

  • Dunt 2009 – 'Review of Mental Health Care in the ADF and Transition through Discharge'
  • The recommendations from the Dunt 2009 ADF study provides the springboard to ensure the best mental health support is available to ADF personnel and the ex-service community. The Strategic Reform Process will address the gaps identified, including providing improved mental health governance and policy, enhanced mental health workforce, improved mental health training for ADF personnel and providers, enhanced prevention strategies including greater research and surveillance, enhanced mental health rehabilitation and transition services greater involvement of families in the mental health of ADF members and better facilities from which mental health services will be delivered.