In Canberra on the 24th May, leaders in suicide and mental health, led by consultancy ConNetica and the Brain and Mind Centre University of Sydney, released details on suicide across 28 Federal electorates. Supporting the release were four parents with lived experience of suicide and the National Congress for Australia’s First People.
Speaking at the launch, Adj Professor and ConNetica Director, John Mendoza said, “What we see in electorates like Canning, Capricornia, Corangamite and Cunningham, is the impact of economic change. Issues like the loss of manufacturing, the downturn in the manufacturing, resources and construction, housing affordability and the high cost of education and retraining is hitting hard.
Mr Mendoza added “We call upon every candidate in the House of Representatives and the Senate to spell out what they will do for their communities to tackle suicide and self-harm.”