New Suicide Prevention Strategies

Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy and Plans


The impact of suicide is felt deeply by individuals, families and communities and has been recognised as an important area for action by the Tasmanian Government, with additional investment of $3 million into targeted suicide prevention initiatives.

As part of this commitment, on Friday 11 March 2016 the Minister for Health launched a new Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2016-2020; the first Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Tasmania 2016-2020; and the first Suicide Prevention Workforce Development and Training Plan for Tasmania 2016-2020.

Together this suite of documents sets the course for collaborative action to reduce suicide over the next five years.

The priority areas and actions outlined in the new Strategy and Plans are drawn from an extensive policy and literature review and are informed by current and emerging evidence. They also reflect the outcomes of an extensive statewide and online consultation process with young people and the youth sector, the broad suicide prevention workforce, clinicians, GPs, mental health consumers, priority population groups and people bereaved by suicide.

The Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2016-2020 and the Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Tasmania 2016-2020 share a common goal to reduce suicide, suicidal behaviour and the impact on young people and all Tasmanians.

The Workforce Development and Training Plan for Tasmania 2016-2020 contributes to the achievement of this goal through support to priority workforces and groups to ensure they provide effective and compassionate care and support to people experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

While suicide prevention is a shared responsibility, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has overall responsibility for implementation of the new strategic direction for suicide prevention with the support of the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Committee (TSPC) and the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network (TSPCN).

Read or download the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2016-2020; Suicide Prevention Workforce Development and Training Plan for Tasmania 2016-2020; and the Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Tasmania 2016-2020

If you would like a hard copy of any of these strategies, plan or Sudden Loss Support Kit please contact the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate by phone on 03 6166 0778 or email director.mhadd@dhhs.tas.gov.au

For guidance on reporting of suicide and mental illness, visit the Mindframe webpage.