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Special Update: World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day

Special Update: World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day

I would like to acknowledge World Suicide Prevention Day and share what I’ve heard from you in recent months when it comes to setting national suicide prevention priorities. Some of these lessons and reflections are in a short video alongside our Chair Lucy Brogden, as well as in a guest blog post last week for Mental Health Australia.

A heartfelt thank you to every one of you I have met and spoken with during the Connections Project.

When it comes down to it, I work for you. Your stories, experiences and insights are essential for us to work toward making significant positive change to our mental health systems.

Over the next fifteen months I will be working with government Ministers and departments, community leaders and those with diverse expertise to formulate advice to improve the co-ordination and delivery of a whole-of-government response to suicide and its impacts. This is a big issue that requires a big response.

Warmest wishes to all taking part in events this week for World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK?Day and thank you to everyone working each day to improve the lives of those living with mental ill health, their families, carers and support people.

Christine Morgan
Chief Executive Officer

Connections online survey

Survey closed 10 September

Connections is about connecting with you to contribute to a national conversation about the future of mental health care, suicide prevention and wellbeing in Australia.

We are developing a vision for a ten year plan through to 2030. Your input will help to inform our design for a more connected and well-functioning system. 

Lucy Brogden and Christine Morgan on World Suicide Prevention Day

National Mental Health Commission Chair Lucy Brogden and Christine Morgan, National Mental Health Commission CEO and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Suicide Prevention, share their thoughts and reflections on World Suicide Prevention Day.

Watch the video on YouTube

Get involved in R U OK? Day

R U OK?Day is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember every day of the year to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs.

This year R U OK? is encouraging everyone to Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut & Ask R U OK? 

Find out more and join R U OK? Day

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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.