Key mental health stakeholders and Cootamundra locals who have been impacted by suicide came together today to discuss suicide prevention at a consultation to support the development of the NSW Suicide Prevention Framework.

Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies joined Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke at the Cootamundra Library to hear firsthand experiences from the community.

Ms Cooke said the suicide framework will set out strategies for suicide prevention, assisting communities to coordinate the essential elements in a way that suits their own local needs and conditions.

“This Government has made a commitment to invest in effective and targeted interventions to reduce the impact of suicide on families and communities across NSW,” Ms Cooke said.

“As a community that has, sadly, been touched by suicide, I want to thank all who came along to share their stories and insights

“I also want to stress to anyone who couldn’t make it today, your feedback is valued and can be provided through an online public survey at www.nswmentalhealthcommission.com.au. The survey results are a vital source of input and will guide this incredibly important work.”

Minister Davies said the Framework will guide the development of new programs and initiatives to meet the needs of communities like Cootamundra.

“The NSW Government is committed to saving lives, which is why we have allocated an additional $3 million for new suicide prevention initiatives aligned with the Strategic Framework,” Mrs Davies said.

The consultation will inform the Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW, which is being developed by the NSW Mental Health Commission at the direction of the NSW Government.

If you or someone you know needs crisis support please call Lifeline 13 11 14, MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78, or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800. For mental health services in Cootamundra phone the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511.