Community views sought on draft Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is deeply committed to working with all Tasmanians to reduce suicide rates in Tasmania, and to ensure that everyone who experiences suicidal distress can access compassionate care and support when and where they need it.

In recent months, we have sought the views of the Tasmanian community to inform the development of the third Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, which will be released by the end of this year.

To date, we have consulted widely across the State using digital media including surveys and submissions, community group forums, priority population advisory groups, and key informant interviews, including people with both lived experience and clinical expertise.

Based on the feedback received from the Tasmanian community, we have created a first draft of the next Strategy. We are now seeking the community’s views once again on the draft Strategy, which will guide the Tasmanian Government’s focus in suicide prevention for the next five years.

The Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy provides a broad overview of the general direction and key areas for suicide prevention in Tasmania. Given the complex ways that suicide impacts our diverse communities across the lifespan, we are taking a whole-of-community approach in developing the new Strategy.

To accompany the final new Strategy, annual implementation plans will be developed to include more targeted actions and supports, including for priority population groups, and the first of these will be released publicly shortly after the new Strategy.

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