Government announces support for suicide prevention projects

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Health minister Greg Hunt has announced more than $36 million in national suicide prevention projects.

The funding, through the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program, will help to deliver a range of activities designed to raise awareness and reduce stigma with the goal of reducing deaths by suicide across Australia.

Fifteen organisations will receive funding including Suicide Prevention Australia which will receive $1.2 million to continue its national leadership role for the suicide prevention sector.

Suicide is a national tragedy and close to 3,000 Australians take their lives each year. 

"The support I have announced today will be vitally important in helping to reduce the number of people we lose to suicide each year," said Minister Hunt.

"Male suicide rates are three times greater than females and the rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is around twice that of non-Indigenous people."

Awareness, prevention and intervention programs for occupations where larger numbers of men typically work will be delivered by the OzHelp Foundation and MATES in Construction. 

A number of organisations, including R U OK?, Everymind, and Reach Out Australia, will receive funding for communication projects such as media and online campaigns to reduce stigma, encourage conversations and provide support and resources to individuals and communities at risk.

Mental Health First Aid Australia and Roses in the Ocean will receive funding to provide training, education and support for medical professionals and individuals with a lived experience of suicide. 

The National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program was launched in 2017. This funding boost today brings the total funding for the program to $79.9 million.