Primary Health Tasmania secures government funding for suicide tracking program

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A partnership between the state and federal government will ensure that Anglicare Tasmania can provide a new specialist service for post-hospital recovery support for people in the throes of suicidal crises.

The Return assistance service received a total of $3.6 million from the Tasmanian state and federal governments.

The program was designed by Beyond Blue and provides non-clinical support for people who have survived a suicide attempt or a suicidal crisis.

In a statement, Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Emma McBride said Way Back Support aims to ensure patients have the right level of support to meet their needs.

“The first three months after a suicide attempt or a suicidal crisis are so important to a person’s recovery,” McBride said.

“Our government is committed to working with states and territories and people with lived or lived experience to ensure that all Australians have access to the care they need, when they need it.”

Service providers expect over 630 patients to access services each year in Tasmania. Non-clinical support will create tailored care plans for survivors, link them to community support services and clinical care, and facilitate medical and paramedic appointments.

State Premier Jeremy Rockliff said monitoring suicide prevention was a joint responsibility of state and federal governments.

“We know that medical and mental health care is far from being the full range of care a person may need when recovering from a suicidal crisis and [this] service will be there to provide that non-clinical support,” Rockliff said.

The service will be available in Hobart and Launceston/Burnie for patients discharged from hospital following a suicide attempt or suicidal crisis.

This article contains a discussion of mental health. If you or someone you care about has mental health issues, call 1800 RESPECT or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636. In an emergency, call 000.


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