The time for action is now
Suicide is an issue that affects all communities. Recent data indicated that 866 people died by suicide in Australia in 2016 at a rate of 11.8 per 100,000.
While this is a stark reminder of the work still to be done, it is possible with renewed focus, renewed resources and renewed ways of working that together we can turn this around.
Our Institute works across local, state and national initiatives and is in a position to support the coordination needed to deliver successful responses for the communities we serve.
We acknowledge all people who have direct experience of suicide, including those who have attempted suicide and those bereaved by suicide. The voice of people with lived experience is essential in the development of our suicide prevention work.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we live and work on and pay our respects to elders past and present. We also pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and communities who support our work and partner with us in an effort to reduce the impact of suicide across Australia.
We acknowledge the many organisations, service providers and community members who work in partnership with us and who share their views, their knowledge and expertise, and their stories to help shape our work.