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Hunt announces $80,000 for Good Shepard suicide prevention program.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2005

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders, pleased to announce funding of $80,000 from the Australian Government’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy for the Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services Kaleidoscope program.

Mr Hunt said that the Kaleidoscope project run by the Good Shepherd had made a valuable contribution locally and was delighted to be able to announce this further funding that will see the program run in to the 2005/06 financial year.

The Prime Minister announced funding of $8 million for 49 projects nationally under the Strategy. I commend the Good Shepherd for their commitment and hard work to ensure that locally, young people have improved access to assistance.

“Suicide is a significant public health problem in Australia, with more than 2300 people dying each year.

I am very pleased that locally, we have the support of the Good Shepherd in working to assist people in need and help to reduce the risk of suicide.

“The provision of $80,000 for services on the Mornington Peninsula reflects the Australian Government’s commitment to reducing the incidence and impact of suicide in our community.

“The Australian Government has provided $10 million annually since 1999 to support suicide prevention activities at both a national and local level.

“By establishing partnerships within the local community, we can strengthen our ability to provide information and support for people at risk,” Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said groups at risk of suicide include young men, the elderly, people with mental illnesses, people with substance abuse problems, rural and remote residents, Indigenous Australians and people in correctional institutions.

The National Suicide Prevention Strategy aims to help local communities build resources and expand and develop existing links with community and non-government organisations to support people at risk of suicide or self-harming behaviours.