30 Jan 2017
Lifeline WA welcomes the announcement by the Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA yesterday that increased funding for the Active Life Enhancing Intervention (ALIVE) program will provide intensive support to those who have attempted suicide.
Lifeline WA Chief Executive Officer Lorna MacGregor said research showed that past suicidal behaviours increases the risk for later suicidality, and for every suicide In Western Australia there are approximately 20 suicide attempts.
“While the pain associated with each attempt may be private, suicide attempts are a major public concern,” Ms MacGregor said.
“Many attempts go undetected, but it is heartening to know that follow up support is available through the ALIVE program,” she said.
“Lifeline WA is available to anyone in emotional distress at their point of crisis, to prevent suicide attempts, but ongoing support and treatment for the individual is critical.”
The State’s suicide toll is at a 10-year high, and is now more than double the road toll, with 394 Western Australians taking their own lives in 2015.
“We will continue to work with the Western Australian government to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts, and to secure more funding so we can save more lives.” Ms MacGregor said.
For 24/7 crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au.
Interviews: To request an interview, please contact Pip Brown on 9261 4404 / 0438 927 110.
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