Psychiatrists welcome national suicide data website

29 September 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed the launch of the Suicide & self-harm monitoring website by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

We support the idea of a single unified national database which will bring together efforts across jurisdictions while also providing for the states and territories to plan and implement flexible, responsive and outcome-focused service delivery and support solutions relevant to local needs. Good data is essential for planning and measuring success.

Suicide prevention requires a comprehensive approach that spans systems, organisations and environments, combining intervention and support, and up-to-date data and modelling is essential for this to happen.

It is important that this investment in data and health intelligence also feeds into a continuity plan for future pandemics, natural and climate-related disasters, and other health emergencies.

This national collation of data and collaboration will not only inform current and future mental health plans but open up the conversation about suicide and bring into focus the immediate need for mental health reform across the country.

For all other expert mental health information, visit Your Health in Mind, the RANZCP’s consumer health information website.

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