In just under a month we will be standing at a polling station, having our say on who should be leading our country.
When thinking through your voting decision, we ask that you look to who has made firm commitments to the health and wellbeing of every Australian. Who is standing up for suicide prevention?
In addition to months of numerous meetings in our nation’s capital, we have sent letters to all MPs and candidates, reinforcing the need to stand with us and our members to prevent suicide. I am pleased to report that from almost 750 letters, we are receiving daily statements of commitment and requests for constituent meetings. This tells us that the local drive to build community capacity is ready to be harnessed at a party level.
Most importantly, this document offers the incoming Government a clear path for action to contribute to our shared goal of halving suicides in ten years. We hope that it will also assist members of the public, particularly those with a lived experience of suicide, to continue to advocate for suicide prevention to be seen as a public health priority above political debate.
It's great that many of the parties and politicians are talking about mental health and suicide prevention in the lead up to the election. This is the first time we have seen such a level of public conversation at election time and it shows how far we've come.
But what are the parties actually saying about mental health and suicide prevention? Here's our at-a-glance guide
As we say in the manifesto, at this stage, these are just words on a page. Words are not enough. We call on the 45th Parliament to stand up and take urgent action to stop suicide and keep people alive.
Thank you as always for your support. Many voices working toward one goal can make a real difference.