Community survey launched to inform Tasmanian third suicide prevention strategy

Jeremy Rockliff, Prime Minister

Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Tasmanian Government is working to reduce suicide rates in Tasmania and is seeking input from the Tasmanian community to inform the development of the third Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, which is expected to be released by the end of the year. year.

Consultation with Tasmanians has begun with the posting of an online community survey, which is open until Monday July 11, 2022.

The community survey is the first in a series of consultation activities planned to inform the direction of suicide prevention in Tasmania for the next five years, from 2023 to 2027.

The Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy sets out priority areas for action to achieve the Tasmanian Government’s goal of reducing suicide and increasing support for those affected by suicide.

Our work to date has included:

  • Supporting the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network to build resilience and bonding of Tasmanian communities;
  • Supporting communities to initiate and implement statewide suicide prevention community action plans and have expanded this work to include engagement with local councils through our COVID-19 financial support;
  • Establishing the Tasmanian Suicide Register in 2017, which informed the second Tasmanian Suicide Report to the Government of Tasmania 2012-2018 last year to ensure we have the best detailed data available;
  • Helping communities understand and talk about suicide and the impact of suicide safely through the development and publication of the Tasmanian Communications Charter with the Mental Health Council of Tasmania;
  • Continue our roll-out of the Connecting with People suicide mitigation approach, in which over 3,000 training modules have been delivered to over 1,000 people since 2019; and
  • Establishing the new Way Back support service to provide follow-up services to people after they are discharged or presented to emergency services following a suicide attempt or suicidal crisis.

The third Tasmanian suicide prevention strategy will align with the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Accord released this year, as well as the reform directions of Rethink 2020, Tasmania’s comprehensive mental health plan.

Importantly, it will be guided by the lived experience and professional expertise of Tasmanians to build on what we know and shape the actions we take in the future to ensure safety, support and the prosperity of our people and our communities.

We recognize that suicide prevention is a challenge because the reasons people commit suicide are complex and not necessarily related to mental illness.

We are deeply committed to working with all Tasmanians to ensure that anyone in suicidal distress can access compassionate care and support when and where they need it.

Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility, and it’s up to each of us to do what we can to support each other, to reach out to others in times of disruption and distress, and to help build hope for the future.

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