Everyone has a role in suicide prevention. Reducing the rate and impact of suicide in our communities requires a wholeof-population commitment; it is not something any single agency, level of government or community can do alone. The impact of suicide is far-reaching and long-lasting; it has a devastating effect on families, friends and services which ripples throughout communities. A 2016 Australian report indicates that 89% of Australians knew someone who had attempted suicide, and that 85% knew someone who had died by suicide. For every person who takes their life, more than 135 people experience intense grief or are otherwise affected.
Suicidal behaviour is complex; many factors and multiple pathways may lead a person to attempt to take their life. In the quest for effective suicide prevention strategies, no single activity stands out above others. A range of strategies focusing on lowering the risks and increasing the protective elements is essential. It is imperative to remember that suicide can be prevented if individuals, communities, government and nongovernment sectors work together and implement ongoing evidencebased, coordinated, multilevelled activity that supports the creation of a community that experiences optimal mental health and wellbeing.
The Western Australian Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2021 - 2025 (Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2025) aims to create a platform for all Western Australians to be better educated on suicidal behaviours, and understand how we as a community can support those vulnerable to suicide and self-harm, and those affected by suicide.
Building on existing programs and aligned with State and Commonwealth policy directions, the Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2025 supports the WA Government’s existing commitments to tackling the complex issues of suicide and sets the direction for future action. It brings the voices of the community and the sector together to provide understanding and guidance for individuals, communities, private and non-government organisations and government.