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About LifeSpan Murrumbidgee

Led by the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network, with the support of the Black Dog Institute, LifeSpan combines nine strategies that have strong evidence for suicide prevention into one community-led approach. The Murrumbidgee Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Alliance form the executive of the Murrumbidgee LifeSpan governance structure, providing essential guidance and support to this initiative.

LifeSpan is about working together to prevent suicide by implementing the strategies that work, and helping people in the local community be informed and connected.

LifeSpan aims to build a safety net for the community by connecting and coordinating new and existing interventions and programs, and building the capacity of the community to better support people facing a suicide crisis.

Estimates suggest that the simultaneous implementation of the LifeSpan strategies may be able to reduce 20% of suicide deaths and 30% of suicide attempts.

LifeSpan has been developed by the Black Dog Institute in partnership with clinicians, researchers, community groups and people with lived experience of suicide. It involves the implementation of nine evidence-based strategies simultaneously within a localised area. For each strategy, LifeSpan selects and implements the interventions or programs that have the strongest evidence-base.

These strategies are based on the most up-to-date evidence drawn from similar, large-scale suicide prevention programs overseas that have shown positive results.

LifeSpan is being implemented in partnership with the NSW Department of Health, the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks, NSW Mental Health Commission, NSW Department of Education and local community organisations. Lifespan has been supported by a generous $14.7 million grant from the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

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The challenge

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44 years.

In 2016, there were 2,866 deaths by suicide in Australia. The suicide rate has increased across the past decade from 10.6 per 100,000 in 2007 to 11.7 per 100,000 in 2016.

For every suicide death, as many as 25 individuals will attempt suicide.

Based on this estimate, approximately 71,600 people in Australia will attempt suicide in any given year.

The response

LifeSpan is an innovative, world-class approach to suicide prevention and is the new name for the Systems Approach to Suicide Prevention initially developed on behalf of the NSW Mental Health Commission by the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) and Black Dog Institute. Development involved extensive collaboration and input from partners across the sector and lived experience representatives. 

In December 2015, Black Dog Institute received an independent philanthropic grant from the Paul Ramsay Foundation to deliver LifeSpan in four sites in NSW and scientifically assess the impact of LifeSpan. 

Representing a prevention focus, LifeSpan's ultimate goal is suicide prevention and supporting people to live full, contributing lives. 

Based on the most up-to-date evidence available and drawing from positive results of similar, large-scale suicide prevention programs overseas, this integrated systems approach is predicted to prevent 21% of suicide deaths and 30% of suicide attempts.