This is really short notice – but it could help get more funding as part of a National Suicide Prevention Plan.
This Monday – March 20 – Lifeline has a meeting with the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, the Federal Government Minister for Health.
HELP GET 150,000 SIGNATURES ON THE LIFELINE PETITION BEFORE MONDAY
Suicide Prevention Plan
Or cut and paste my email below and email your friends and family.
We’ll have a better chance to get Federal Health Minister the Hon. Greg Hunt MP to commit to more government funding as part of a National Suicide Prevention Plan if I can go to the meeting with 150,000 signatures.
Your signature helped get extra resources for suicide prevention in regional areas, plus seed funding for Lifeline’s text-based crisis support service, Text4Good.
But the big goal is to double funding for suicide prevention in Australia. At the moment, it’s half what’s spent on road safety. Yet twice as many people die from suicide as they do from road accidents.
At the meeting, we will discuss the development of a National Suicide Prevention Plan and Text4Good. We’ll also look at ways we can harness technology to help people in crisis and provide new Lifeline research highlighting a need for stronger focus on tackling social and emotional drivers of suicide.
Help get 150,000 signatures on this important petition before Monday 10:00am when the meeting will be held.
Thanks so much. I know we will get there with your help.
Kind regards, Pete Shmigel, CEO, Lifeline
To email the petition to your friends, just copy and paste or forward on the message below…
I signed Lifeline’s petition calling on our Government to take urgent action to reduce the suicide death toll. Will you join me?
With that many Australians demanding action we have a much better chance of getting it – and saving lives.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION NOW:
Suicide is a terrible tragedy that touches far too many families and communities every year. It’s a national emergency that needs to be addressed.
It tears children, parents, siblings, partners and friends away from loved ones, and leaves a legacy of heartache and sadness.
Suicide takes more young lives in Australia than road accidents or cancer, but suicide prevention only gets half the government funding of road safety.
It’s a shocking and outrageous situation – and it demands an urgent response from our leaders. We can do better.
Please add your name to the petition today and tell your Government to ease the devastating impact of suicide.
PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO THE PETITION HERE NOW:
If you or someone you know is in crisis or thinking about suicide there is help.
Lifeline is available on 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp