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29/05/2017

Leader in mental health first aid education and national not-for-profit training and research organisation, Mental Health First Aid Australia, welcomes the announcement by the Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health of funding as part of the National Suicide Prevention, Leadership and Support Program.

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health has officially announced the National Suicide Prevention, Leadership and Support Program, in which more than $43 million will be allocated to 16 projects focused on suicide prevention in Australia. We are proud to announce that Mental Health First Aid Australia is one of these fortunate programs.

Over a three year period, from May 2017 - September 2019, MHFA Australia will receive a total of $2.45 million in funding. MHFA Australia will use this funding to develop national support services for individuals at risk of suicide.

MHFA Australia CEO Nataly Bovopoulos said, "This project will support MHFA Australia to continue and extend its contribution to suicide prevention by teaching members of the public how to assist a suicidal person and intervene early when someone is experiencing mental health problems and encourage them to seek treatment, thereby reducing the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviours."

This funding enables MHFA Australia to undertake a number of activities including developing, rolling-out and evaluating specialised courses on non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and problem gambling. It will also fund the roll-out of subsidised eLearning MHFA training for first year health and allied health tertiary students.

We look forward to sharing these projects with you.