PANDA welcomes Commonwealth funding commitment for suicide prevention and mental health support
PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia has welcomed last week’s announcement by Health Minister Greg Hunt to commit $64 million to go towards a range of measures to prevent suicide and address mental illness in the community.
Suicide is the leading cause of maternal death in Australia during pregnancy and the 12 months following birth.
“Last year PANDA welcomed funding from the Federal Government’s Suicide Prevention Research Fund managed by the national peak body for suicide prevention, Suicide Prevention Australia, to enable us to take part in a $100,000 research project to help build understanding of the factors contributing to suicide attempts in pregnant women and new mums,” says PANDA CEO Julie Borninkhof.
"The research aims to develop effective ways to assess and manage suicidal risk in this vulnerable group.”
“This additional funding commitment is a clear demonstration of the Government’s commitment to addressing mental health and suicide prevention in our community,” says Ms Borninkhof.
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and James Cook University will collaborate with PANDA on the study.
PANDA’s key role in the research project will ensure that people who have experienced perinatal suicidality are meaningfully involved throughout the life of the project by contributing to the study design, data collection and analysis, and the communication of key findings.
Co-development and design has now begun on this important project that will no doubt provide significant insight into understanding, responding to and talking about suicide for expecting and new parents across Australia.
To access support
PANDA's National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline
Talk: 1300 726 306 Monday – Friday 9.00am – 7.30pm AEST/AEDT
Lifeline - available 24/7.
Talk: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service - available 24/7.
Talk: 1300 659 467
Chat or video chat: suicidecallbackservice.org.au