Labor Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, has today welcomed record investment in suicide prevention, announced in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget, which will support our local communities deal with mental health issues.

Ms Symes said as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s 10-year Suicide Prevention Framework, which aims to halve the number of suicides over the next decade, $27.5 million will also be provided for new suicide prevention initiatives including:

  • Local community approaches to prevent suicide across six local government areas. These trials will support communities to implement strategies including workforce training, school-based support and mental health literacy programs
  • Trials for intensive community based support for people who have attempted suicide and communities impacted by suicide across Victoria


  • Development of an app to support young people experiencing suicidal thoughts create a mental health plan

Ms Symes has also asked Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley, to attend a community forum, in conjunction with Rural City of Benalla, to discuss local mental health concerns and any additional support that can be provided. Minister Foley will attend this forum on June 1, at the Benalla Arts Centre. “I am pleased that the Victorian Budget has provided the biggest investment in targeted suicide prevention initiatives from a Victorian Government,” Ms Symes said.

“These trials will support our kids, our families, sporting clubs and schools implement strategies to support each other.” “Suicide is devastating at any time but when it occurs in a country town the whole community is impacted. This is much needed support and I will continue to work with Minister Foley and towns across Northern Victoria on what other assistance can be provided.”