Govt to spend $12m on suicide hot spots

Mental Health Minister Mark Butler said the funding would pay for capital works to reduce the risk of suicide at places that provided means or opportunities for suicide, and he invited organisations to apply for funding to undertake the work.

“Things can be done to deter people from attempting suicide at these locations,” he said.

“That’s why the government is seeking proposals from organisations for capital works that restrict physical access to known hotspots. 

“Funding can go towards improvements such as fencing barriers, night lighting, and closed circuit television monitors at known hotspots.”

The funding forms part of the government’s $2.2 billion national mental health reform package and is being provided in addition to funding for Lifeline to establish dedicated phone counselling lines from already identified hotspots.

Two other suicide prevention resources, prepared under