Call for candidates in 2016 Election to address nation's rising suicide rate
- Fri 27 May 2016
An alliance of leading mental health advocates has challenged all federal election candidates to take a stand on suicide after recent analysis showed it was on the rise.
- Audit of 28 electorates between 2009-12 found suicide rates exceeded road toll
- Between 2004 and 2014, suicide rates rose almost 20pc
- Group of leading mental health advocates wants candidates to form a national plan of action
National Mental Health Commissioner Professor Ian Hickie said candidates needed to commit to a national suicide prevention program and support its recommendation for a suicide prevention trial in the 12 highest rated risk regions.
The report was led by consultancy ConNetica and the Brain and Mind Centre University of Sydney.
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