LifeSpan is a new, evidence-based approach to integrated suicide prevention developed by the Black Dog Institute, with support from a $14.7 million grant from the Paul Ramsay Foundation. It combines nine strategies that have strong evidence for suicide prevention into one community-led approach incorporating health, education, frontline services, business and the community.
Based on scientific modelling, LifeSpan is predicted to prevent 21% of suicide deaths, and 30% of suicide attempts.
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. For successful delivery, all strategies require a thorough consultation and review process to ensure their relevance and tailoring to the local context and community. The Collaborative has set up working groups who are working through these processes.
For more information about Lifespan go to: www.lifespan.org.au