LifeSpan approach to suicide prevention

Funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation with the support of the NSW Government and NSW Mental Health Commission, NSW is undertaking a suicide prevention research trial in four sites. The LifeSpan approach to suicide prevention will be implemented at each trail site. LifeSpan will be implemented using a staged roll out over a 2.5 year period.

LifeSpan combines nine strategies that have strong evidence for suicide prevention into one community-led approach incorporating health, education, frontline services, business and the community.

The Black Dog Institute, managers of LifeSpan, have also been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health to provide support to the 11 PHNs who are coordinating the 12 National Suicide Prevention Trials.

Details of the LifeSpan trial sites are listed in the table below:

LifeSpan Trial Sites

Newcastle (Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN)Implemented - August 2017
Illawarra Shoalhaven (South Eastern NSW PHN) Implemented - August 2017
Central Coast(Central Coast LHD) Implemented - December 2017
Murrumbidgee (Murrumbidgee PHN)Implementation - April 2018