Improved Safety to Suicide Prevention at Hotspots

Improved Safety to Suicide Prevention at Hotspots

07 June 2013

Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler today announced the Gillard Labor Governments commitment of $7.6 million in capital works to improve safety at locations known to have a high suicide risk called suicide hotspots.

Announced today at a suicide prevention roundtable in Berwick co-hosted by Member for La Trobe Laura Smyth, Mr Butler said the funding would help reduce suicide risk in a range of sites nationally.

We know all too well how devastating suicide is for individuals, families and communities and this funding is vital to reducing suicide and improving the safety of our community, Mr Butler said.

Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health Melissa Parke said four projects would be funded at identified high risk locations in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

Funding will flow to New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, Woollahra Municipal Council, the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Metro Trains Melbourne, Ms Parke said.

Federal Member for La Trobe, Laura Smyth said that while suicide is a complex issue in Australia, the additional infrastructure provided by the Government will help to increase safety at identified high-risk areas.

Improved fencing or barriers, night lighting, signage promoting help-seeking behaviour and closed circuit television monitors are just a few ways that we can make these locations safer, particularly in south-eastern Melbourne, Ms Smyth said.

Federal Member for Holt Anthony Byrne said he was pleased the Government had committed $3.9 million to improve safety for the Melbourne rail network.

While suicide prevention takes many forms, ensuring high-risk locations are made safer is an important step towards preventing tragedy, Mr Byrne said.

This funding has been provided as part of the Gillard Labor Governments $304.2 million investment to help raise awareness of suicide risk and help those at risk of suicide.