Australian Government Department of Health
The National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program (NSPLSP) represents a key whole-of-population element of the Commonwealth Government National Suicide Prevention Strategy. From 2017 to 2022, over $100 million of funding was provided to 18 organisations to deliver national suicide prevention activities. $61.6 million was recently committed to extend the program to 2025 and expand its coverage to fund 40 projects delivering services across 7 activity areas.
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 40 projects funded under the NSPLSP, which provide services across the following areas:
AHA’s ongoing role is to manage the collection, analysis and reporting of the NSPLSP Minimum Data Set (MDS), including providing guidance and support for projects to submit data and meet their MDS reporting obligations, and provide reporting to the Department. Project reporting against the MDS commenced in April 2018 and will continue until June 2025. AHA was initially appointed in 2017, and following competitive tender processes this was extended until 2022, and then to 2025.
In 2017, 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) for the NSPLSP. This data assists with the ongoing evaluation and monitoring of the program.
AHA’s initial development role included:
AHA’s focus in developing the MDS, was to:
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.