Australian Government Department of Health
The National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program (NSP-LSP) funds organisations to deliver national suicide prevention activities. Over $100 million is allocated to the program from 2017 to 2022, and 18 national projects are currently funded.
The Australian Government’s response to the Review of Mental Health Programs and Services, outlined reforms to its mental health and suicide prevention funding and program delivery, including a commitment to national leadership and support for whole of population level suicide prevention activity.
There are currently 18 organisations under the NSP-LSP, which provide one or more of the following national suicide prevention services:
Following AHA’s completion of the evaluation of the National Suicide Prevention Program, the Department engaged AHA to develop the activity reporting requirements (minimum data set) and facilitate ongoing monthly reporting by projects. This data assists with the ongoing evaluation and monitoring of the program.
AHA was initially appointed in 2018, and subsequently extended until 2021. AHA’s ongoing role is to manage the collection, analysis and reporting of the MDS, including providing guidance and support for projects to meet their MDS reporting obligations.
AHA’s initial role included:
AHA’s focus in developing the MDS, was to:
Project reporting against the MDS commenced in April 2018 and has been extended till June 2021. AHA’s ongoing role includes:
Each year, more than 3,000 Australians take their own lives. The National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program funds national projects which aim to reduce suicidal behaviour and deaths by suicide.