Call for candidates in 2016 Election to address nation's rising suicide rate

Call for candidates in 2016 Election to address nation's rising suicide rate

Date
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.

Key points:

  • 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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