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   12   World Mental Health Day

Ms Collins, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        recognises that:

(a)        World Mental Health Day (WMHD) will take place on 10 October; and

(b)        Mental Health Week will take place in Australia from 9 to 15 October;

(2)        seeks to encourage help-seeking behaviour, reduce the stigma associated with mental issues and foster connections through communities;

(3)        acknowledges the importance of WMHD and other campaigns including R U OK? Day in Australia, and World Suicide Prevention Day that help:

(a)        build community awareness about mental health issues and around suicide prevention; and

(b)        to encourage people to have regular and meaningful conversations with family, friends and colleagues;

(4)        recognises the efforts of dedicated individuals and organisations working to address mental health issues and suicide prevention;

(5)        notes with concern that suicide rates remain unacceptably too high—in Australia:

(a)        suicide is the leading cause of death for men and women between the ages of 15 and 44;

(b)        each day seven people die by suicide, and 30 attempt it;

(c)        higher rates of suicide exist among vulnerable groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, young people and people from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities;

(d)        the annual number of deaths by suicide is around 2,500;

(e)        each year it is estimated that 65,000 people attempt suicide; and

(f)         the annual suicide toll is now twice the annual road toll; and

(6)        calls on the Government to show leadership around suicide prevention, including working in a bipartisan approach to adopt the National Mental Health Commission’s target to reduce suicide by 50 per cent over the next 10 years.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.