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Plan to halve Vic suicide rate by 2025

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016

Victoria wants to halve the number of people taking their own lives over the next 10 years, with the government announcing a $27 million investment in suicide-prevention initiatives.

The Suicide Prevention Framework was released on Thursday and aims to reduce self-inflicted deaths through the introduction of workforce training, school-based support services and a mental health literacy program in six local government areas.

Those to benefit from the program will be in Mornington Peninsula, Brimbank, Whittlesea, Mildura, Latrobe Valley and Ballarat.

"In 2014 alone, we lost 646 Victorians to suicide - that's twice as many lives as our road toll," Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters.

"We can't simply sit back, do nothing and somehow accept that that's just the way things are - we have to realise they are more than numbers."

Support will also be provided for intensive community-based support trials in six hospitals - Peninsula Health, Alfred Health, St Vincent's Hospital, Barwon Health, Maroondah Hospital and Wangaratta Hospital - for people who have attempted suicide.

Those areas were chosen based on the prevalence of suicide, population and community demographics as well as local capacity, Mr Andrews said.

* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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