Media release: Mental Health Australia calls for a national suicide reduction target

In an effort to focus shared action towards zero suicide deaths, the Chair of Mental Health Australia (MHA), the nation’s peak body for the mental health sector, is calling for a 25 per cent suicide reduction target by 2025.

Every 2.5 hours an Australian dies by suicide - a staggering nine people per day. Another 1,250 people attempt to take their own life each week, with suicide the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and
44. Mental Health Australia Chair and suicide-attempt survivor Matt Berriman said it’s time for Australia to stand up and fix its mental health crisis.

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