Labor commits to suicide prevention funding

An Albanese Labor Government will invest $200,000 to improve and provide training for suicide prevention and advocacy in Tasmania.

Global studies have shown mental health conditions like anxiety and depression rose 25 per cent during the pandemic.

And we know less than half of Tasmanians in distress engage with support services before taking their own life.

That’s why a Labor government will partner with Kentish Regional Clinic, based in the north-west town of Sheffield, to cover direct service delivery and administration costs of CORES, their community network of suicide prevention training and awareness across Tasmania.

Federal Labor Member for Lyons Brian Mitchell said CORES was a vital service for regional communities.

“CORES helps people when they’re at their most vulnerable and Labor’s commitment provide them the security they need to keep doing their vital work,” Mr Mitchell said.

“This Labor commitment is just the first step towards addressing long-standing problems in the mental health sector that have festered under nine years of Liberal mismanagement.”

On Wednesday March 9, federal officials revealed $770 million in promised mental health funding failed to be released by the Liberals.

It’s just more announcement without delivery from the Morrison government.

By partnering with organisations like Kentish Regional Clinic, an Albanese Labor government will take meaningful action on mental health and suicide prevention in tandem with local community groups and networks.