Halving suicide rate in Victoria

The Victorian Government has revealed its plan to halve the rate of suicide over the next 10 years.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has joined Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley and Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke to release the Labor Government’s Suicide Prevention Framework, which is backed by a $27 million investment in two key suicide prevention initiatives.

The Victorian Government is investing in local community approaches which help support communities implement strategies such as workforce training, school-based support and mental health literacy programs within six local government areas:

  • Mornington Peninsula/Frankston
  • Brimbank/Melton
  • Whittlesea
  • Mildura
  • Latrobe Valley
  • Ballarat

Support will also be provided for intensive community based support trials for people who have attempted suicide in six locations throughout Victoria:

  • Peninsula Health
  • Alfred Health
  • St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Barwon Health, Geelong
  • Maroondah Hospital
  • Wangaratta Hospital

The areas for the trial locations are based of the prevalence of suicide in Victoria, population and community demographics, as well as local capacity.

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