The current CEO of the National Mental Health Commission has been appointed as the Federal Government’s National Suicide Prevention Adviser.
Christine Morgan will work with Health Minister Greg Hunt and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on a whole-of-government approach towards preventing suicide.
In making the announcement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was committed to taking all necessary action to tackle the suicide rate, and ensure Australian families, communities and those facing challenges get the support they need.
“I am particularly focused on continuing our strong support for those most at risk, including our veterans, Indigenous Australians and young people,” the Prime Minister said.
“Suicide is the leading cause of death for young Australians, accounting for over one-third of deaths among younger people aged 15-24 years. The prevalence of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is around twice that of non-Indigenous Australians.
“Providing greater support for all Australians needing mental health and suicide prevention services is a key priority of my Government.
“Suicide takes far too many Australians, devastating families and local communities. One life lost to suicide is one too many, which is why my Government is working towards a zero suicide goal.”
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