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SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM EXPANDS TO BENDIGO

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

 

           SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM EXPANDS TOBENDIGO

Wednesday,15th August 2018

 

The Andrews Labor Government issaving lives and supporting people at their most vulnerable across Victoria, withthe expansion of the successful Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement(HOPE) initiative.

StateLabor Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards MP and Jacinta Allan MP announcedtoday the program will be rolled out to six new hospital and health service sites,including Bendigo Health Service.

The HOPEinitiative provides practical support and follow up for people leaving hospitalafter a suicide attempt. Assertive outreach workers also work with families,friends and carers so they can better support their loved one during thiscritical time.

More than 500 people have beenassessed and supported through the initiative so far, which is currently inoperation at Peninsula Health, St Vincent’s Hospital, Barwon Health in Geelong;Eastern Health in Maroondah and Albury Wodonga Health in Wangaratta.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19provided $18.7 million to expand the HOPE program, with the new sites selected based on analysisof suicide and intentional self-injury data, population demographics andcommunity profiles.

The program will now be rolled out at Bendigo Health Service (includingMildura).

With 624lives lost to suicide in 2016, the Labor Government is working to halve thesuicide rate in Victoria by 2025, and has developed the Victorian Suicide PreventionFramework 2016-25 to achieve this goal.

Inaddition, the Labor Government has invested $27 million over four years todeliver a range of initiatives, including the HOPE program and community-basedsuicide prevention activities.

Quotes attributable to Ms Edwards

“Every year,suicide takes more than twice as many lives as the road toll – that’s simplyunacceptable.

“The HOPEprogram has already helped hundreds of Victorians who have attempted suicideand need an intensive response in the months following, which we know can be aperiod of heightened risk.”

Quotesattributable to Ms Allan

“By expandingthe program to more sites across the State, we are continuing to take aproactive approach to suicide prevention, working together as a community toprevent devastating outcomes.”

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