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MoneyQueensland Budget to direct $62m at reducing state's high suicide rate

14:26  06 june  2019
14:26  06 june  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Queensland Budget to direct $ 62 m at reducing state ' s high suicide . Last year, more than 800 people in Queensland took their own lives, a shocking statistic the State Government is hoping to address by devoting $ 62 million in next week' s state Budget to suicide prevention.

Last year, more than 800 people in Queensland took their own lives, a shocking statistic the State Government is hoping to address by devoting $ 62 million in next week' s state Budget to suicide prevention.

Queensland Budget to direct $62m at reducing state's high suicide rate© Josh Bavas Jacklyn Whybrow says it is disturbing that so many groups are facing a funding cut. Queensland currently holds an unenviable title the State Government is keen to lose — it is the worst Australian state per capita for suicide.

Last year, 804 people took their own lives — more than three times the number of people who died on the state's roads.

In an attempt to halve that number by 2026, the Queensland Government will fund suicide prevention and support services, for the first time, with a commitment of $62 million in next week's state Budget.

But the Queensland Mental Health Alliance said at least 10 community mental health services were also set to have their government funding reduced.

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Last year, more than 800 people in Queensland took their own lives, a shocking statistic the State Government is hoping to address by devoting $ 62 million in next week' s state Budget to suicide prevention.

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Health Minister Steven Miles said the Government would fund the trial of a 24-hour suicide stabilisation centre as an alternative to hospital emergency departments.

"Too many Queenslanders still are ending up in emergency departments," Mr Miles said.

"The purpose of this funding will be, first, giving them somewhere else to go and second to provide that support post-hospital, because we know they are the group that's most at risk."

Mental health support group Beyond Blue will also be funded to help in the first three months after a person attempts suicide.

"Evidence from other jurisdictions indicates suicide attempts and deaths could be reduced by up to 20 per cent through assertive outreach and support during this period," Mr Miles said.

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Queensland's mental health commissioner Ivan Frkovic said the money was desperately needed to reduce the growing suicide rate.

"If you look at expenditure in Queensland, we're the second lowest in the country per capita," he said.

"But this additional funding of $62 million, which is welcomed by the commission in terms of the investment, will certainly provide alternatives for people not to have to go to ED [emergency departments], or even if they get to ED, to be able to be channelled to more appropriate support."

Funding promise comes amid cuts to community services

The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health said the new funding came as almost a dozen community mental health services were set to have their state funding slashed.

At least 10 organisations have been told they will not see their funding renewed, worth a total of about $7 million.

Acting alliance chief executive Jacklyn Whybrow said Queensland needed a variety of mental health services.

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One factor in its high suicide rate is suicides among the elderly. Traditionally, children have been expected to care for their aging parents; however, because In addition to the elderly, students have higher -than-average suicide rates , at least in part because their families tend to put high levels of

The 2019-20 Queensland Budget was tabled in State Parliament on Tuesday 11 June. Budgets are fundamentally about choices and in this Budget we choose to stay the course by continuing to invest .1 million over four years for a range of initiatives that better support suicide prevention under the

"The community sector provides alternatives for people that don't necessarily fit — they're not sick enough or they're not acute enough," she said.

"These types of services in the community allow people to enter back into society, build their social capital and reduce their isolation, therefore enhancing their recovery.

"We want to see people being funded to the levels that we require in Queensland."

Organisations such as Stepping Stone Clubhouse, which has received government funding since the mid 1990s, must now look to wind back services to make up for a shortfall in funding to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars.

The operation at Coorparoo on Brisbane's south side services about 500 clients a year, providing help with employment, housing, as well as hospitality training at an in-house cafe.

Lesley Warneke, who has been attending Stepping Stone for five years, said she would not have made it through without the service.

"You might go to a psychologist for an hour, but they don't do the practical work — this is a practical experience that helps you get back on track," she said.

"We need this place to keep going."

The State Opposition's health spokeswoman Ros Bates called on the State Government to restore funding to the community groups.

"Services such as these prevent patients from going into our emergency departments and ending up in acute services," she said.

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