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New suicide prevention web site offers lifeline to communities.



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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing

11 May 2005

New suicide prevention web site offers lifeline to communities Communities now have better access to suicide prevention information following the launch today of the new Living is for Everyone - LIFE National Suicide Prevention web site

Communities now have better access to suicide prevention information following the launch today of the new Living is for Everyone - LIFE National Suicide Prevention web site by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Christopher Pyne.

"LIFE is the first national suicide prevention web site that provides a comprehensive, single point for information about suicide prevention, national policy, initiatives, help lines and a variety of helpful links," Mr Pyne said.

"This user-friendly web site not only provides people with a gateway to national initiatives and support services but also showcases local area suicide prevention activities and taps into local support networks."

The web site also features resources dedicated to suicide prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

"The Australian Government has developed this important national resource to help tackle the high rate of suicide among certain population groups and help communities respond to these issues by offering real and meaningful support," Mr Pyne said.

The chairman of the National Advisory Council on Suicide Prevention (NACSP), Professor Ian Webster, said the web site would help communities struggling with high suicide rates through having easy access to resources that could help to save lives in their areas.

"The web site means that information and initiatives on suicide prevention will be easily available to individuals, families and carers whose lives have been tragically affected by suicide," Professor Webster said.

"The Australian Government has provided about $10 million a year to help develop measures that support suicide prevention at national and local levels, under the National Suicide Prevention Strategy," Mr Pyne said.

The new LIFE web site is one of more than 25 national projects which have been initiated under the National Suicide Prevention Strategy, aimed at supporting a community approach to improving suicide prevention.

The web site will be maintained by the Australian Network for Promotion and Early Intervention in Mental Health (Auseinet).

LIFE National Suicide Prevention web site - www.livingisforeveryone.com.au

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