LifeSpan launch likely in February

James Lamerton

James Lamerton

 A ground-breaking suicide prevention program is on track to be introduced into the Wagga region in February.

The first meeting of the LifeSpan collective, the body which is overseeing the introduction into the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network’s area, was held last week.

LifeSpan, which has already been introduced in three other regions, is being described as a new, evidence-based approach to suicide prevention and combines nine strategies distinct into one community-led approach and aims to prevent 20 per cent of suicide deaths and 30 per cent of suicide attempts.

“The strength of the LifeSpan model is that it can be individually tailored to meet the needs in any local community,” James Lamerton, chief executive officer of Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network said.

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