Labor welcomes opportunity to engage with Longman residents and mental health service providers

The Member for Longman Susan Lamb has organised for the Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health, Julie Collins, to meet with residents and service providers to gain their perspectives on ageing and suicide prevention policy. 

Oak Tree Retirement Village residents in Burpengary will be given an opportunity to speak with Ms Lamb and Ms Collins to raise their issues around transitioning to residential care and concerns around home care package availability.

Labor also welcomes the opportunity to meet with mental health service providers as the Brisbane North region prepares to participate in a suicide prevention trial site.

It is extremely encouraging that the Brisbane North region has been identified as a trial site given the state has the third highest rate of suicide in Australia.

Labor is pleased the Turnbull Government adopted our 2016 election commitment to roll out a total of 12 suicide prevention trial sites.

Labor committed to 12 suicide prevention trial sites because this was a recommendation put forward by the National Mental Health Commission.

Although Labor is supportive of the 12 suicide prevention trial sites, we are concerned there are delays across a number of locations.

It appears the Turnbull Government is well behind on much of the preparatory work that is required as the 12 suicide prevention trial sites are now more than one year into the three year trial.

Given the urgency across the Brisbane North region, what we don’t want to see are any further delays with the roll out of this most important work.

We call on the Turnbull Government to get on with the job and give suicide prevention the attention it deserves.

ABS statistics reveal 3027 Australians died by suicide in 2015. Across Queensland 746 people died by suicide in the same year.

**For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Other services include Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467, Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636, Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800, MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978 **

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