The Government’s announcement of a $6 million investment over four years into community-based suicide prevention strategies in the Kimberley region is a positive step towards addressing the high incidence of suicide in Indigenous communities, the Australian Greens said today.
“This investment is very welcome. Rural and remote communities – especially Indigenous communities - experience higher suicide rates than other areas and it is important that the Government continue to work towards addressing this critical issue,” Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, said.
“I am heartened that the Government is paying more attention to tackling suicide, with this coming only several weeks after an announcement regarding the Improving safety at suicide hotspots program.
“Every dollar we spend on suicide prevention has the potential to save lives.
“I encourage the Government to maintain its current commitment to mental health in tomorrow’s budget.
“A strong investment in mental health builds strong resilient communities and we cannot afford to backtrack from the vital investment made over recent years.”