Suicide spike sparks shake-up of solutions

A decade of increases in suicide deaths and self-harm related hospitalisations in the Murrumbidgee has prompted a radical rethink. 

Health professionals predict the next round of local suicide statistics will echo a 5.4 per cent spike in deaths nationwide in the last year.

Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) is calling on “people who have lived experience with suicidal thoughts or attempts” and “people bereaved by loved-ones who died by suicide” to help break the trend.

MPHN executive Jenni Campbell said locals who’ve been impacted by suicide were best placed to fashion a solution.

A forum in Wagga will be held on December 12 at Riverina Community College, 96 Murray Street. Email julie.bailey@mphn.org.au to register.

If you or someone you know is struggling, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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