People at risk of suicide will receive more local support as the NSW Government announces an $8 million suicide prevention program that will run over the next four years.
NSW Minister for Mental Health Pru Goward is calling on non-government organisations in NSW to submit proposals for services or programs that connect and care for people at risk of suicide in their local community.
“Our dedicated NGO partners already provide invaluable and crucial support to local communities. This suicide prevention fund will empower further development of innovative and localised frontline programs and services,” Ms Goward said.
The new prevention fund encourages local suicide prevention initiatives across a range of points in the system, from early intervention through to crisis care. The funded programs will need to address a gap in suicide prevention in the local community and work collaboratively with local suicide groups and agencies.
“Research shows that a large percentage of people at risk of suicide and self-harm have had no contact with traditional health services. That is why the NSW Government has committed dedicated suicide prevention funding to find new, local ways to help people in need in their community.” said Ms Goward.
To find out more on the fund, visit the eTendering website.