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The Liberals’ Plan to rebuild essential services: Suicide Prevention

A majority Liberal Government will invest an additional $3 million into targeted and proactive suicide prevention strategies.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Tasmanians aged between 15 and 45.

Tasmania has the second highest rate of suicide in Australia, and we are concerned at comments by Lifeline that Coroners believe suicides in Tasmania to be under reported by as much as 30 per cent.

It is proven that appropriately funded, well-designed and targeted suicide prevention strategies can work in reducing the number of deaths by suicide.

The Liberals recognise that suicide is a complex issue and any effective suicide prevention needs a community-wide response.

A majority Liberal Government will prioritise the additional $3 million in funding into the following areas:

  • Assisting local communities with the implementation of Community Suicide Prevention Plans.
  • Establishing early intervention referral pathways, especially following a suicide attempt or self-harming.
  • Delivering suicide prevention awareness training to persons in key occupations to recognise and respond to the signs.
  • Ensuring Tasmanian researchers are able to access information needed to allow in-depth analysis of Tasmanian suicides, to better target prevention strategies.
  • Developing a targeted Youth Suicide Strategy for Tasmania in consultation with the Youth Network of Tasmania.
  • Undertaking an analysis of suicide ‘hotspots’ to reduce risks if places are known for repeat suicides.

Every life lost to suicide comes at a huge personal cost to families, friends and communities. That is why a majority Liberal Government will make this important investment in suicide prevention as part of our Plan to rebuild essential services.

This funding comes from the $500 million in savings we have already identified.

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