Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Suicide prevention initiatives

12 June, 2019 –

Every loss of life or suicide attempt has a ripple effect on family, friends, workplaces, schools, and communities. Every death is one too many and Queensland’s statistics are far too high.

That’s why the Palaszczuk Government is investing $61.9 million in suicide prevention initiatives, as part of the 2019-20 State Budget.

This funding includes:

  • $28.1 million over four years to help fill the gap in services for people not eligible for the NDIS, but who still require psychosocial support.
  • $10.8 million over four years to establish eight Safe Haven Cafés across Queensland. Based on a successful model in the UK, these safe spaces provide a safe and therapeutic alternative to the emergency department for adults (over 18 years) experiencing mental illness, suicidal ideation or self-harm.
  • $11.3 million over three years to trial a community-based 24/7 crisis stabilisation facility. This facility will provide a home-like environment to help stabilise people during the critical initial period of a crisis.
  • $7.5 million over four years for Beyond Blue’s The Way Back suicide prevention services. The Way Back supports people for three months after they’ve attempted suicide, which is when they are most at risk.
  • $4.1 million for a service reform project to scope and evaluate comprehensive and integrated models of crisis care for people experiencing suicidality and mental distress.

This funding will strengthen mental health and related systems, and will make a real difference for individuals and the community and the economy. The initiatives are also part of early phase implementation of the Shifting minds: Queensland Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018-2023.

For more detail about these Suicide prevention initiatives download the PDF fact sheet.