LifeSpan will be implemented in the Illawarra Shoalhaven from February 2017 as part of the work to be undertaken by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative.
The Collaborative has demonstrated its readiness for the Lifespan project over the last 12 months via a number of initiatives including developing a report on suicide and self-harm rates within the region, conducting initial mapping of suicide prevention activities and organising a planning workshop to identify and prioritise key areas for action.
The additional funding from the Black Dog Institute will be used to engage a project officer to manage particular initiatives within the Lifespan project and to facilitate greater involvement of people with lived experience in planning, service redesign, and to deliver training locally. Specific projects will be defined by the regional suicide prevention plan.
LifeSpan is being implemented in partnership with the NSW Department of Health, Commonwealth Primary Health Networks, NSW Mental Health Commission, NSW Department of Education and local community organisations. Lifespan has been supported by a generous $14.7 million grant from the Paul Ramsay Foundation.
For more information about Lifespan go to: www.lifespan.org.au