Headspace to tackle suicide distress at school

The youth mental health initiative has had involvement in high schools but the national program solidifies the relationship by having staff in existing headspace centres giving direct support to schools and surrounding communities affected by suicide.

"The headspace School Support program will help grieving school communities to come to terms with their loss and it will provide ongoing resources and training for school staff to identify students at-risk of suicide," Mental Health Minister Mark Butler said.

Headspace staff involved in the scheme would "strengthen the relationships between schools and their local networks, ensuring effective support and referral pathways are available for students at risk".

Suicide was the single biggest cause of death among young Australians, with a quarter of young people experiencing mental health issues but most of them not receiving professional help, he said.

Headspace CEO Chris Tanti said the program