Genuine bipartisan action on suicide prevention called for

Federal Member for Dobell and Shadow Assistant Health Minister, Emma McBride, has called for genuine bipartisan action on suicide prevention in the wake of World Mental Health Day on October 10.
The theme of World Mental Health Day 2019 was working together to prevent suicide.
“The Morrison Government’s target of reducing suicide to zero along with the appointment of Christine Morgan as National Suicide Prevention Adviser to the Prime Minister is commendable.
“This year’s World Mental Health Day theme does, however, suggest the need for action,” McBride said.
“Recommendations in the recently-released National Mental Health Commission’s 2019 Report on mental health and suicide prevention reform are an excellent starting point for the work we need to get on with together.
“Those recommendations included: Commit to the collection of high quality data particularly on the scope of disorders and high risk community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; Undertake a national mental health service gaps analysis and implement a national mental health workforce strategy; Address the broader social and economic factors that contribute to mental ill health and suicide; Fix the NDIS so the streamlined access for people with psychosocial disability is working and keep delivering support for those who are ineligible for the NDIS; and make sure all relevant government departments, health, education, justice, social services and housing, are responsible for design and implementation of all future national suicide prevention strategies.
“Shadow Minister Bowen and I await the release of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the social and economic benefits of improving mental health.
“It needs to be the final report, review or analysis before the commencement of truly bipartisan, whole-of-government action to improve our nation’s mental health,” McBride said.

Media release, Oct 10
Jackie Pearson, Office of Emma McBride MP

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