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New strategy to tackle suicide

By Morgan Dyer

Greater Shepparton residents will benefit from phase two of the Federal Government's Towards Zero suicide prevention goal.

Launched on Wednesday, the second stage of the Black Dog Institute’s Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention will focus on the early detection of Australians at risk of suicide.

The $2.5 million injection from the government will help bring together researchers from six universities who will research and implement a co-ordinated and complex intervention strategy to detect people at risk of suicide earlier.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said phase two of the Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention was a critical investment that would ultimately “save lives and protect lives”.

“Supporting Australia’s research in suicide prevention is critical in reducing the number of lives lost to suicide,” Mr Hunt said.

“This is a significant opportunity for Australian researchers to focus on real-time suicide risk detection and prevention, providing outcomes that aim to reduce suicide rates.

Suicide is the most common cause of death in Australians aged 15 to 44.

It is expected the government will spend $5.3 billion this year on mental health.

Mental health professionals are available at the Beyond Blue Support Service via phone 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or visit beyondblue.org.au/get-support for online chat.