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Monitoring mental health and suicide prevention reform: National Report 2020

Appendix E: Sector suicide prevention activities

Organisation Announcement Extract Date and Website
Black Dog Institute The Australian Government announced $2.5 million for phase two of the Black Dog Institute's Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP II). CRESP II will focus on the early detection of Australians at risk of suicide.   November 2019 - View here
Various #YouCanTalk campaign
The awareness campaign is a collaboration between several organisations taking place over the December 2019 to January 2020 holiday period, in recognition of how difficult this time of year can be for many Australians.
December 2019 – January 2020: View here
SANE Australia Better Off with You campaign: a six-week campaign in partnership with Sydney North Health Network (Northern Sydney PHN). Better Off With You featured real stories told by people with experience of suicidal thoughts and attempts. 22 January 2020 - View here
University of Sydney The University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre has launched YOUTHe, a 5-year Centre of Research Excellence in suicide prevention for young people. The $2.5 million, 5-year National Health and Medical Research Council project is a collaboration between some of Australia's top mental health researchers. April 2020 - View here
SANE Australia The You Are Not Alone website has been created by national mental health charity SANE Australia, together with research partners the University of New England and the University of Sydney. 25 May 2020 - View here
Orygen Parent suicide alertness training. 26 August 2020 - View here
Beyond Blue For World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, Beyond Blue has developed a range of free resources. 10 September 2020 - View here
National LGBTI Health Alliance National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy. 21 October 2020 - View here
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre at the Black Dog Institute The Black Dog Institute released a universal definition of lived experience experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. December 2020 - View here
Neami National Neami National suicide prevention programs. N/A - View here
Black Dog Institute Four Black Dog Institute LifeSpan trial sites have been implemented in New South Wales. LifeSpan combines nine strategies that have strong evidence for suicide prevention into one community-led approach incorporating health, education, frontline services, business and the community.

The Australian Government has funded a summative analysis of the evaluations of the Victorian, LifeSpan in New South Wales and Australian Government suicide prevention trial sites. The evaluation of the LifeSpan trial in New South Wales will involve comparing rates of suicide deaths and attempts before and after the introduction of the model in each region and between regions. Primary outcomes of the trial will be available in 2022, and secondary outcomes in 2023.
N/A - View here
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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.