9 ways to lower Australia's suicide rate

AUSTRALIA could bring down the rate of suicide attempts and deaths by introducing nine interventions, says Professor Helen Christensen, director of the Black Dog Institute and the NHMRC's chief suicide-prevention expert.

Professor Christensen outlined the nine strategies at an anti-suicide conference in Canberra on Monday. They are:

  1. Reducing access to lethal means;
  2. Responsible reporting of suicide by the media;
  3. Promotion of national suicide awareness programs;
  4. School-based peer support and mental health literacy;