Election 2022: Coalition targets suicide prevention programs

By Tom Ravlic

April 28, 2022

Greg Hunt
Health minister Greg Hunt. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Health measures continue to be a focus for the Coalition parties in their quest to retain government, with $13 million in funding announced for youth suicide prevention announced this week by retiring health and aged care minister Greg Hunt.

The $13 million funding has been provided for a three-year period.

Five organisations are each receiving a portion of the funds for various programs that are a part of the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program, which has a total of $114 million allocated to it.

Hunt said the government understood the importance of giving young people support at crucial times.

“Every life lost to suicide is a terrible tragedy and has a devastating impact on families, friends and communities,” Hunt said.

“By developing and delivering support that works for young people, we can save precious lives and protect our communities from enormous suffering.”

Assistant minister to the prime minister David Coleman said the funding supports existing programs that have been successful, as well as new approaches.

These approaches include digital media campaigns and the use of digital platforms to provide information to young people as well projects that are aimed at building capacity for leadership in schools and rural communities.

“The program reflects our multifaceted approach to suicide prevention, which aims to ensure that every Australian can be supported in the way that works best for them,” Coleman said.

“Youth mental health is a key commitment for our government and we are prioritising mental health education, support and research to protect young Australians and help them reach their full potential.”

This announcement is the latest in a series of mental health-related announcements that were made before prime minister Scott Morrison announced the election date and caretaker mode conventions kicked in.

These include an April 9 announcement on an agreement for mental health and suicide prevention services in Victoria and an April 5 announcement on the provision of similar services in Queensland.


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